FFL Vikings (P 41)
French A/S trawler
|Name||FFL Vikings (P 41)|
|Completed||1935 - Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen|
|Owner||Free French Navy|
|Date of attack||16 Apr 1942||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)|
|Position||Grid CP 5639|
|Complement||57 (41 dead and 16 survivors).|
|Route||Haifa (16 Apr) - Tripoli, Syria|
Completed in November 1935 as French steam trawler Vikings for Les Pecheries de Fécamp SA, Fécamp. On 3 Jul, 1940, seized by Britain and in August 1940 commissioned in the Free French Navy as the A/S trawler FFL Vikings (P 41).
|Notes on event|
At 19.54 hours on 16 Apr, 1942, U-81 spotted a tanker and one escort vessel off the coast of Lebanon and fired at 20.38 and 20.39 hours two torpedoes each at both ships. FFL Vikings (P 41) (LV Touchaleaume) exploded and sank 23 miles 240° from Beirut after being hit by a torpedo. At 21.48 hours, the U-boat fired two torpedoes at the Caspia and hit her with one torpedo in the bow. The tanker sank in flames 10 miles south of Beirut after being hit by a coup de grâce at 22.10 hours.
|On board||We have details of 42 people who were on board.|
* Estimated position shown here is based on positions of losses in a roughly the same German grid code. It may be a bit off but should give a good idea as to where the attack took place.
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