Looking any information on HMS Kite and Sub-Lieutenant Astle

RFARoy
28th March 2011, 16:30
A drinking friend here in Baku, Azerbaijan, is after any available information about a Sub-Lieutenant Astle who was a Radar Officer in HMS Kite which was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic probably in the mid-1940’s, as nobody in his family has any further information.
Any information about HMS Kite and Sub-Lieutenant Astle and her sinking would be gratefully received and appreciated.

Best regards to all, RFARoy

chadburn
29th March 2011, 11:17
A drinking friend here in Baku, Azerbaijan, is after any available information about a Sub-Lieutenant Astle who was a Radar Officer in HMS Kite which was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic probably in the mid-1940ís, as nobody in his family has any further information.
Any information about HMS Kite and Sub-Lieutenant Astle and her sinking would be gratefully received and appreciated.

Best regards to all, RFARoy

U87 HMS Kite, a modified Black Swan Class, built by Cammell Laird in 1942, lost on the 21/8/1944. Regard's

Roger Griffiths
29th March 2011, 13:58
See
http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/3327.html
There is a full crew list of HMS KITE. James Astle aged 19 Leading Radio Mechanic.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2491093

Roger
Lest we forget.

teb
30th March 2011, 10:17
A drinking friend here in Baku, Azerbaijan, is after any available information about a Sub-Lieutenant Astle who was a Radar Officer in HMS Kite which was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic probably in the mid-1940ís, as nobody in his family has any further information.
Any information about HMS Kite and Sub-Lieutenant Astle and her sinking would be gratefully received and appreciated.

Best regards to all, RFARoy

RFARoy G'Day frpm W.A. whilst I can not give you any info on Sub.Lt. Astle ,can advise you that HMS Kite was sunk on the 21st August 1944 whilst on escort duty with convoy JW59 en route Murmansk/Archangel. I think there were only seven survivors (all of whom have since passed the bar) I was in the same convoy/ Regards Teb

RFARoy
31st March 2011, 15:57
A hearty thanks to all the lads that replied, I am forever amazed at the depth of knowledge that is out there and the speed of reply. Thank you one and all.
My friends, Ex-MN & RN, and I will raise a glass (Vodka as we are on the shores of the Caspian Sea) to all those that perished and another to all those that survived who are still with us.
Regards RFARoy.

teb
31st March 2011, 16:35
Rfaroy- Just a little more info for you - HMS Kite was sunk by U-344 which herself was sunk the following day by "Swordfish"from HMS Vindex.-There were infact 9 survivors from "Kite" Regards.

DAVIDJM
7th April 2011, 23:02
Do you know any thing else about Mr Astle ?
where he is from and when did he join as i cant find him under R N officers

Jacko123
7th April 2011, 23:17
HMS KITE (August 21, 1944)

Royal Navy sloop of 1,250 tons, built at the Cammell Laird yard at Birkenhead, was escorting the aircraft carriers HMS Vindex and HMS Striker, which in turn were escorting a large 34 ship convoy JW-59 to Northern Russia when the convoy was sighted in the Barents Sea by German aircraft. Soon a pack of U-boats attacked the convoy and one U-boat was sunk by Swordfish aircraft from one of the carriers. Two more were sunk by other destroyers. During the action, HMS Kite was hit by two torpedoes from the U-344 and sank with the loss of ten officers and 207 ratings. Fourteen survivors were picked up by HMS Keppel but five died just minutes after being rescued. Next day, the U-344 was attacked and sunk with all hands (50) by aircraft from the carrier Vindex.http://members.iinet.net.au/~gduncan/index.html under 'more Maritime Disasters of ww2