American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Mitsui Bussan Kaisha, Tama|
|Owner||Calmar SS Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||20 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-71 (Walter Flachsenberg)|
|Position||36.22N, 68.50W - Grid CA 9641|
|Complement||36 (6 dead and 30 survivors).|
|Route||Calcutta - Port of Spain, Trinidad - Boston|
|Cargo||Manganese ore, burlap and rubber|
Built as Eastern Exporter, 1922 renamed William Campion, 1927 renamed Oakmar
|Notes on event|
At 20.54 hours on 20 Mar, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Oakmar (Master Nolan Eugene Fleming) was stopped by U-71 with machine gun fire into the bridge and superstructure, because bad weather prevented the use of the deck gun. The ship was stopped and the eight officers, 27 crewmen and one passenger abandoned ship in two lifeboats. A first torpedo at 21.20 hours missed due to the heavy seas, but the second fired at 21.39 hours hit forward of the bridge and caused the ship to sink by the bow about 300 miles east of Cape Hatteras.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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