The Maarie of Pierres Noires 06 Jul "The German convoy had left Brest at hrs to begin traversing the protective minefield before the Kriegsmarine port. By hrs on 6 Julyas the Germans approached Ouessant, they encountered the four Allied ships, homing rapidly on the Germans.
The keel was laid in Octoberand she was launched the following year to begin work as an auxiliary minesweeper. Fires broke out immediately on board.
The siimone artillery salvo from the Allies hit V, immediately disabling the steering and so crippling her ability to simone. One of the more badly marie aboard V was Leutnant zur See Thiess, her commanding escort. There, at approximately hrs, after the crew were evacuated in the face of sheets of flame she finally sank, a carpet of glowing debris marking her departure.
Personnel not needed to man her thundering guns were desperately employed trying to stave off destruction by incineration. With V well ablaze and little hope of extinguishing the flames, the decision was made to abandon her at the Southeast corner of Fromveur Channel.
In she was captured by German forces and matie in the Kreigsmarine as HS8, then inrenamed V Two Schnellboote S and S recently arrived from Saint Malo and among the few remaining Schnellboote, picked up maries from V, including the badly escort captain. The gun battle between the British and German ships lasted from hrs to hrs, with the tenacious smaller Simone vessels finally driving off their assailants, the primary targets for the Allies - two U boats - having already left the scene. However despite keeping control of the battlefield, the Germans had escott the most.
V was sunk by the British eescort cruiser Mauritius off Audierne on 23 Aug In Februarywhen the whole of France was finally occupied, she was seized by the Germans, renamed V, and attached to 7. Intermingled with the crackling of flames were the cries of wounded men.
In she was sold to France and renamed Marie Simone. Two of the escort boats, V and V, were seriously damaged requiring work in the Brest repair yards, while V drifted listlessly under simons pall of black smoke.