HMS Pylades


The minesweeper J 401 was laid down by Savannah Machinery & Foundry Company in USA in January 1943, and was launched six months later. She was sailed over the Atlantic to England to be delivered to Royal Navy under the Lend Lease agreement shortly after. Royal Navy renamed her to HMS Pylades and she entered active duty 24. November 1943 under command of Francis H. Hawkins, followed by Lieutenant M. Harris the month after. She participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy, Operation Overlord, in June 1944, and was torpedoed by a German midget submarine outside Juno Beach in Normandy 8. July 1944 while she gave fire support to British and Canadian forces. The wreck rest today on a depth of 20 to 27 meter north of Quistreham.

Former names:
HMS Pylades
J 401
221,0 x ? x ? f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
890 grt
Savannah ( US ) 1943
( UK )

49º25'36"N, 00º15'04"W
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Picture: USS Pioneer, an AUK class minesweeper
Called Catherine class by the Royal navy
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Last updated: June 2019