Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

The afterpart of the Kars lying beached near Halifax

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,888 tons
Completed1939 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerWestern Oil Shipping Co, London 
Date of attack22 Feb 1942Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position44° 15'N, 63° 25'W - Grid BB 7557
Complement52 (50 dead and 2 survivors).
ConvoyHX-175 (straggler)
RouteTrinidad - Halifax (14 Feb) - Belfast 
Cargo12.700 tons of aviation spirit and fuel oil 
Notes on event

At 22.57 hours on 22 Feb 1942 the Kars (Master Arthur Falconer) was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-96 south of Halifax. The tanker had been in convoy HX-175, but lost the convoy and turned back. The ship caught fire and broke in two three days later. The forepart sank and the afterpart was towed to Halifax, where it was beached on 27 February and declared at total loss. The master, 45 crew members and four gunners were lost. Two crew members were picked up by HMCS Melville (J 263) (Lt R.T. Ingram) and landed at Halifax.

On boardWe have details of 46 people who were on board

Location of attack on Kars.

ship damaged.

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