Ships hit by U-boats


FFL Vikings (P 41)

French A/S trawler



NameFFL Vikings (P 41)
Type:A/S trawler
Tonnage1,150 tons
Completed1935 - Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen 
OwnerFree French Navy 
HomeportFécamp 
Date of attack16 Apr 1942Nationality:      French
 
FateSunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
PositionGrid CP 5639
Complement57 (41 dead and 16 survivors).
Convoy
RouteHaifa (16 Apr) - Tripoli, Syria 
Cargo 
History 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 boardWe have details of 42 people who were on board


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