Eighty years ago today, just before 11:00 pm, the British escort carrier HMS AUDACITY (D10) sank in the Atlantic Ocean having been hit by several torpedoes fired from the German submarine U-751.
Of HMS AUDACITY's 298 crew, a total of 73 souls were lost. Among those ‘Missing Presumed Killed’ were 17 Fleet Air Arm aircrew and maintainers.
There were only two Fleet Air Arm survivors from the sinking; Sub Lieutenant Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown Royal Navy (later to become one of the most celebrated pilots in the history of Naval Aviation) and Leading Air Mechanic William Churchouse (previously shipwrecked from SS Aguila and HMS ARK ROYAL).
The HMS AUDACITY Fleet Air Arm Roll of Honour can be found at this OneDrive link:
Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church
Pyle Lane, Yeovilton, Somerset, BA22 8EX
T: 01935 841471
Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church Trust is a Registered charity number: 1001908