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Eisele (DE-75)
HMS Bickerton (K-466)

Class: Buckley (lend-lease)
Type: TE (turbine-electric, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 4,940 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1-1.1"/75 Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 8-20mm Mk4 AA (varied by ship), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 , 4-Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2-Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 186
Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 May 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Steel Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 26 July 1943: Launched
  • 17 October 1943: Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned as HMS Bickerton (K.466)
  • 22 August 1944: Torpedoed by U-354 in the Barents Sea
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    Bickerton 54k The 'Captain' class frigate Bickerton, operating with her support group in company with the RN cruiser Kent and escort carrier Trumpeter. She was torpedoed and sunk shortly afterwards. [Imperial War Museum photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)" by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
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    Bickerton 71k undated wartime image of Bickerton (Photo by Wright & Logan] Tim Rizzuto
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    USS Slater (DE 765) Memorial
    Bickerton 50k 22 August 1944: shown shortly after being torpedoed Nick Tiberio
    Bickerton 77k 22 August 1944: HMS Bickerton (ex-USS Eisele DE 75), down by the stern after being torpedoed by a U-boat during Operation "Goodwood". She was later sunk by friendly forces in order not to make increased difficulties for the surviving escorts, who were already having to cover the stricken escort carrier HMS Nabob. (Photo from the author's collection as printed in "The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War" by Donald Collingwood) Robert Hurst

    History of HMS Bickerton (K-466), ex-Eisele (DE 75)
    (No U.S. Navy service, History Not Available)

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