Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jun

26

1942

The sinking of the Putney Hill

An undated picture of U- 203. She was on her seventh war patrol in June 1942 and was to have a lucky escape when she was depth charged repeatedly.

The Putney Hill was lying like a ghost ship on the gentle sea, the silence punctuated by occasional loud bangs as various bits of the structure gave way under the increasing pressure. Without warning an incendiary shell hit the funnel and started a fire. It was followed by a further sixty three shells into the hull, counted by those on the life-raft from their grandstand position. At approximately 0130 hours on June 26th, 1942, Putney Hill became almost vertical and still burning slid beneath the sea, bow first.