Daily Event for February 12, 2012

The destroyer Maori G-24 suffered an ignominious end on February 12, 1942 when German aircraft raided the island of Malta and bombed the ship. The bomb penetrated the torpedo head magazine which caused an explosion that sank the ship at the dock. Because most of the crew were accommodated ashore casualties were limited to six crewmen. Maori had done her part in the war, she was one of the destroyers in the squadron commanded by Captain (later Admiral) Philip Vian that attacked the Bismarck, the destroyers harassed Bismarck through the night before she was sunk in the morning. Maori rescued 25 of Bismarck's survivors. In December of 1941 she was involved in sinking the Italian cruisers Alberico da Barbiano and Alberto di Giussano.

Now the gallant destroyer lay on the bottom of the harbour. Her forward turrets were removed and used as land emplacements and the ship was towed to Sliema Creek and scuttled. She was raised in May of 1945 and taken to deeper water and scuttled again.
© 2012 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives in
HMS Maori G-24
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Barr, Alexander
Ordinary Seaman
Chew, Sidney
Able Seaman
Rawson, John
Petty Officer Sick Berth
White, Sydney C.
Williams, Ronald D.
Ordinary Seaman
Wilsdon, John W.
Age 17

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