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30th August 1940 Relief convoys successful
11th Aug 1942 HMS Eagle lost In the Mediterranean Convoy WS21S (Operation Pedestal), is located by the Italians and came under sustained and heavy attacks after that. Aircraft Carrier HMS Eagle is sunk 70 miles south of Cape Salinas, Majorca, by four torpedoes from the German U-73 (Kptlt. Helmut Rosenbaum) of her crew of 1,087 a total of 160 perished, two officers and 158 ratings.
11th Aug 1942 HMS Eagle lost
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Those known to have sailed in
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Clark Samuel William.
- Coyne Daniel Patrick. Stkr2. (d.11th Aug 1942)
- Sabin Donald. Ld/Tel. (d.4th February 1944)
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There are 1 pages in our library tagged HMS Eagle These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.
Samuel William Clark HMS EagleMy grandad, Samuel Clark, joined the Navy in 1940. He trained at HMS Collingwood naval base and I have inherited a group photo taken at Collingwood. Whilst serving on HMS Eagle (an aircraft carrier ship) in the Med, the ship was torpedoed by the German U-73 submarine and sank within 6 minutes. Sam dived off and managed to stay afloat until rescued (there were two rescue boats - British escort destroyer HMS Laforey and the tug HMS Jaunty - and they managed to rescue over 900 men. 158 men were lost at sea.) Grandad was one of the lucky ones that day. He used to love to tell how he was stranded at sea with sharks swimming around him for several hours!Leah Zotiades
Stkr2. Daniel Patrick Coyne HMS Eagle (d.11th Aug 1942)Daniel Coyne lost his life on HMS Eagle and is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.Vin Mullen
Ld/Tel. Donald Sabin HMS Vetch (d.4th February 1944)Leading Telegraphist Donald Sabin served on HMS Eagle from 1939 to 1941. Then we lose track of which ships he was on until he joined HMS Vetch in Alexandria in late 1943. He died of smallpox on 4th February 1944 and is buried in Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Joint Grave 7. Can anyone fill in the gaps in his record of service please?Angela Taylor
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