|Name:||HMS Pylades (J401)|
|Builder:||Savannah Machinery and Foundry Co.|
|Laid down:||30 January 1943|
|Launched:||27 June 1943|
|Commissioned:||24 November 1943|
|Fate:||Sunk 8 July 1944 during Normandy Landings|
|Class and type:||Catherine-class minesweeper|
The Catherine class was the British designation for the United States Navy's Auk class minesweeper.
She was sunk on 8 July 1944 off Juno Beach during the Normandy landings. The crew reported two explosions astern, following which the ship sank. The captain's report stated that the damage was most likely caused by two mines.
A survey of the wreck as part of Channel 4's Wreck Detectives underwater archaeological TV series indicated that the damage was actually caused by torpedo attack. Given the date of the sinking these must have been launched from German Marder or Neger mini submarines, which were the only German torpedo-capable units at sea at the time of the attack.
- "HMS Pylades (J 401) of the Royal Navy - British Minesweeper of the Auk class - Allied Warships of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- BBC Peoples War - Sinking of HMS Pylades
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