View Full Version : Sinking of U-264

09-12-2015, 02:56 PM
L to R HMS Woodpecker, U-264 , HMS Starling. Part of Captain ’Johnny' Walker's 2nd Escort Group. All of the U Boats crew were rescued. The following day Woodpecker's stern was blown off by an Acoustic Torpedo, she later sank in a storm while under tow.

09-12-2015, 06:54 PM
Really nice work on Starling and Woodpecker. Almost seems too placid for a sinking though.

09-13-2015, 12:36 AM
Very nice work, Jim.

09-13-2015, 05:51 AM
Over 150 Depthcharges had been dropped between 1035 and 1620. At aptoximately 1700 the Uboat surfaced, STARLING opened fire with all armament obtaining 5 hits. The crew of the U-264 abandoned ship at approx 1707 and at 1735 a loud underwater explosion was heard. The escorts picked up the crew of the U-Boat 3 being slightly injured.
From photos taken the following day when WOODPECKER had her stern blown off the sea looked relatively calm which I tried to depict in the painting. A certain amount of 'artistic Licence' is used here. It is doubtful if the two Sloops would be so close, I think it would have been darker( late afternoon February, eastern Atlantic near the Azores) the scene is during the 7 or so minutes between surfacing and sinking. By the way the wind is 'fitfull, and blustery' 10 to 20 Kts blowing from slightly right of center.
2nd Escort Group under Walker was the most successful Anti submarine Hunter,Killer group in WW2

09-13-2015, 08:56 AM
Well you definitely have a dusk feeling with a little chop on the water. You are in the enviable position of being able to paint the setting you want with a measure of ease. This looks good.

09-13-2015, 09:27 AM
Love the appearance of the sky. Really makes the painting for me.


09-13-2015, 10:18 AM
Thank you both for commenting. I didn't want to do one of those spectacular sunsets, I really just wanted to set the time of day. Perhaps I might try one of WOODPECKER under tow.