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Wintle (DE-266) - HMS Capel (K-470)

CLASS: Evarts (lend-lease)
TYPE: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 (std), 1,430 tons (full) Dimensions: 289' 5" (oa), 283' 6" (wl) x 35' 0" x 11' 0" (max)
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 4-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship),
4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Machinery: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 knots Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots Crew: 156

Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard on 11 March 1943
Launched 22 April 1943, Commissioned (USN) Never
To Britain as lend lease 16 August 1943, Renamed HMS Capel

Fate: Torpedoed and sunk by U-486, on Boxing Day 26 December 1944, off Cherbourg France

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HMS Capel
188k 22 April 1943: Boston, Mass. - USS Dempsey (DE-267) and USS Wintle (DE-266) were christened on the same day, 22 April 1943, and are both named for Naval officers killed in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. The mother of Richard John Dempsey, Mrs. J. A. Dempsey, and the widow of Jack William Wintle christened each respectively. The picture shows Mrs. J. A. Dempsey (L) and Mrs. Mary Clyde Wintle (R), standing with Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald, USN, at the Boston Navy Yard, on the day of the christening. (Photo courtesy of USS Dempsey (DE-26) Association thanks to Steve Carlson) Bill Gonyo
HMS Capel
374k 22 April 1943: Boston, Mass. - Mrs. Mary C. Wintle, Ship’s Sponsor of USS Wintle (DE 25), christening and launching the destroyer escort at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, April 22, 1943. Wintle was named after Lieutenant Commander Jack W. Wintle who was killed on board USS San Francisco (CA 38) during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. He also received the Navy Cross. (U.S. Navy Photo from the National Archives #80-G-62015)
HMS Capel
157k undated wartime image David Girt

View the USS Wintle (DE 266) / HMS Capel DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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