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U-130

CountryGermany
Ship ClassType IX-class Submarine
Builder NameDeutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Ordered7 Aug 1939

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14 Jul 1942 German submarine U-130 commanded by Korvettenkapitän Ernst Kals sighted British Convoy SL 115 south of the Azores and west of the Canary islands on passage from Freetown, British West Africa to the United Kingdom. The convoy was escorted by the Sloops HMS Londonderry, HMS Hastings and HMS Bideford with the ex-USCGC HMS Lulworth. The submarine radioed in the location and the Italian submarine Pietro Calvi picked the position of the convoy up and her commander Captain Primo Longobardo moved in to attack. HMS Lulworth spotted the submarine forcing her to crash dive. Passing over the submarine, Lulworth dropped an accurate spread of depth charges which so damaged the Italian submarine she was forced to the surface. Lulworth opened fire on the Italians and made two unsuccessful attempts to ram before hitting her amidships. A boarding party was attempting to get on board the submarine but was hampered by fire from both parties and the Italian submariners leaping into the water. The Pietro Calvi then capsized and went under taking the leader of the boarding party with her. 42 of the 78 crew of the Pietro Calvi were lost with the boat including Longobardo. During the attack U-130 had arrived and fired torpedoes at HMS Lulworth but missed, and the sloops Hastings and Londonderry drove the Germans away. HMS Lulworth spent the following month being repaired, the damage caused by the ramming had been extensive but the ship made the passage without incident.




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