HMS Wakeful H88



HMS Wakeful left Dunkirk on the night of the 28-29 May 1940 with 640 troops on board. Using route Y, she headed eastwards out of port and up the coast as far as Bray Dunes, before turning to the north-east. At 12.40am, the destroyer had just cleared the Kwinte Whistle Buoy, off Ostend, when she was hit amidships by two torpedoes fired by a German E-boat, the S-30. The destroyer broke in two and sank within 15 seconds. Only the captain, Commander Fisher, 25 of the crew and one soldier survived the catastrophe.

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