Chief Petty Officer Hector McDonald

Chief Petty Officer, Hector McDonald, Royal Navy. He was lost at sea aboard H.M.S. “Hecla” on 12th November 1942 and is commemorated on the Plymouth Memorial. The ship was a Destroyer Depot Ship  of 11,000 tons and was sunk by U-515 West off Gibraltar with 279 crew lost and 568 rescued. (  U-515 was sunk on 9th April 1944 by U.S. Destroyers ).The ship had hit a mine in 15th May 1942  but was towed into Simonstown, South Africa where she was repaired. 24 sailors were lost and 112 wounded on that occasion. The sketch drawn by a survivor shows the “Hecla” sinking.

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