HMS Goodall (K479)
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Fate:||Sunk 30 April 1945|
|Length:||289.5 ft (88.2 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|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
The ship was ordered on 25 January 1942 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. 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.
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 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 21:00. Goodall sighted one of the torpedoes, which missed her. At about 22:00, the German submarine U-286 hit Goodall at position with a GNAT, 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.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive reybold (DE-275)/Goodall (K-479)
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