United States
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
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
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)
  • 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:
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[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

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 21:00. Goodall sighted one of the torpedoes, which missed her. At about 22:00, the German submarine U-286 hit Goodall at position 69°25′N 33°38′E / 69.417°N 33.633°E / 69.417; 33.633 (HMS Goodall (K479) torpedoed) 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.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Reybold (DE 275) Goodall (K-479)
  2. ^ a b c d e Helgason, Guðmundur. "HMS Goodall (K 479)". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net.
  3. ^ a b Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-boats HMS Goodall (K 479)". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net.

External links

  • 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)
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "HMS Goodall (K 479)". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net.
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-boats HMS Goodall (K 479)". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net.