Ships hit by U-boats


Aeolus

American Motor fishing vessel


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NameAeolus
Type:Motor fishing vessel
Tonnage41 tons
Completed1922 - Friendship ME 
OwnerJohn O. Johnson, Gloucester MA 
HomeportGloucester 
Date of attack3 Jun 1942Nationality:      American
 
FateSunk by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze)
Position43.07N, 66.51W - Grid BA 9896
Complement6 (0 dead and 6 survivors).
Convoy
RouteGloucester MA - Sea Island NS 
Cargonone 
History  
Notes on event

At 21.00 hours on 3 Jun, 1942, two unarmed fishing vessels, the Aeolus (Master John O. Johnson) and Ben and Josephine, were stopped by U-432 while they were engaged in fishing (distance between the vessels was 4 miles) about 170 miles east by south of Thatchers Island. Schultze allowed the crews to leave their ships safely, before they were shelled and sunk.

At 21.30 hours, the Aeolus was shelled with 17 shots and she sank in twenty minutes after the Ben and Josephine had been already sunk. The crew of two officers and four men made their way back with the survivors of the other fishing vessel and landed at Mount Desert Coast Guard Light Station 36 hours after the attack.

 

Location of attack on Aeolus.

ship sunk.


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