Seventy years ago, on the 22nd October 1941, R.F.A. Darkdale was torpedoed by the German submarine U.68 while at anchor off Jamestown Harbour, Island of St. Helena, South Atlantic Ocean.

The ship exploded, turned over and sank within five minutes taking forty one members of her crew down with her. This was the single greatest loss of life on any RFA which has been sunk during the 106 years of the Service's existence.

 

 

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Seventy years ago, on the 22nd October 1941, R.F.A. Darkdale was torpedoed by the German submarine U.68 while at anchor off Jamestown Harbour, Island of St. Helena, South Atlantic Ocean.

 

The ship exploded, turned over and sank within five minutes taking forty one members of her crew down with her. This was the single greatest loss of life on any RFA which has been sunk during the 106 years of the Service's existence.

 

Those who were lost are remembered with pride on the Cenotaph at Jamestown and on the Tower Hill Memorial, London

 

RFA Darkdale was the first British ship sunk south of the Equator during World War 2.

 

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Today in Jamestown the Bishop of St. Helena will lead a prayer service with the Islanders remembering those who were killed.

 

 

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The full story of the loss of RFA Darkdale and the Jamestown Cenotaph Memorial can be found here, here and here

 

 

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