Prayers were said in church this morning to remember the men who perished when the Escort Carrier HMS DASHER exploded and sank in the Firth of Clyde between Arran and Ardrossan.
Monday 27 March 2023 marked the 80th anniversary of the ship’s loss. From HMS DASHER’s compliment of 528, tragically 379 men died - many from hypothermia and burning fuel on the surface of the sea. Among the dead were 95 Fleet Air Arm men and one RAF Sergeant, the majority of whom were not recovered and are commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial in Hampshire.
The wreck of the ship, which lies at a depth of 140 metres and went down within eight minutes, is designated as an official war grave. News of the ship’s loss was suppressed until 1945 and no official explanation has ever been given as to what caused the initial blast.
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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