HMS Quail


The destroyer HMS Quail was built in Hebburn and launched for Royal Navy in June 1942. She was put in service in January 1943 and sent to Home Fleet in Scapa Flow. She did service there as an escort in two convoys, and in August and September 1943 she participated in operations in the Mediterranean. She was stationed in Bari in October, and 15.November under a patrol in the Adriatic Sea she hit a mine laid by the German uboat U-453 under command of Kptlt. Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach. Quail was beached and later towed to Bari. In the beginning of 1944 she was again taken in tow to Taranto, and in May she was destined for Malta and further reparations. En route she capsized and sank 18.May 1944. The wreck was found in 2002 on a depth of 90 meter outside Taranto by the Italian diver Claudia Serpieri.

Former names:
HMS Quail
109,2 x 10,9 x 2,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1692 displ
Hebburn ( UK ) 1942
Bari ( IT)

40.05N, 17.52E
( Source: Naval )

HMS Quail, G45
Imperial War Museum
Photo FL17782

Pictures: German type VII uboat & Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach
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Last updated: September 2019