HMS Goodall (K479)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Reybold.
Name: USS Reybold (DE-275)
Namesake: U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander John Keane Reybold (1903-1942), killed in action as commanding officer of the destroyer USS Dickerson (DD-157) in March 1942
Ordered: 25 January 1942[1][2]
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 20 May 1943
Launched: 8 July 1943
Completed: 4 October 1943
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 4 October 1943
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Goodall (K479)
Namesake: Admiral Samuel Goodall ( ? -1801), British naval officer
Acquired: 4 October 1943
Commissioned: 4 October 1943[2]
Fate: Sunk 30 April 1945[3]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft (88.2 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Four General Motors 278A 16-cylinder engines
GE 7,040 bhp (5,250 kW) generators (4,800 kW)
GE electric motors for 6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 156
Sensors and
processing systems:
SA & SL type radars
Type 144 series Asdic
MF Direction Finding antenna
HF Direction Finding Type FH 4 antenna
Armament: 3 × 3 in (76 mm) /50 Mk.22 guns
1 x twin Bofors 40 mm mount Mk.I
7-16 x 20 mm Oerlikon guns
Mark 10 Hedgehog antisubmarine mortar
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K479

HMS Goodall (K479) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort USS Reybold (DE-275), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 until her sinking in 1945.

Construction and transfer[edit]

The ship was ordered on 25 January 1942[1][2] and laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Reybold (DE-275) by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 May 1943.[1] She was launched on 8 July 1943. The United States transferred the ship to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease upon completion on 4 October 1943.

Service history[edit]

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Goodall (K479) under the command of Lieutenant Commander James Vaudalle Fulton, RNVR, on 4 October 1943[2] simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on convoy escort duty.

On 29 April 1945, Goodall was escorting Convoy RA-66 in the Barents Sea near the entrance to the Kola Inlet when the German submarine U-968 fired G7es – known to the Allies as "GNAT" – torpedoes at the convoy‍ '​s escort vessels at 2100 hours. Goodall sighted one of the torpedoes, which missed her. At about 2200 hours, the German submarine U-286 hit Goodall at position 69°25′00″N 033°38′00″E / 69.41667°N 33.63333°E / 69.41667; 33.63333 (HMS Goodall (K479) torpedoed) with a G7es torpedo, causing her ammunition magazine to detonate. The explosion blew away the forward part of the ship and killed Lieutenant Commander Fulton and 94 other crewmen. Goodall‍ '​s crew abandoned ship, and on 30 April 1945 the British frigate HMS Anguilla (K500) sank her with gunfire.[2][3]


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