Yugoslavian Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Submarine Boat Corp, Newark NJ|
|Owner||Brodarsko Poduzece Eugen Matkovic, Split|
|Date of attack||24 Jun 1942||Nationality: Yugoslavian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-404 (Otto von Bülow)|
|Position||34.30N, 75.40W - Grid DC 1223|
|Complement||27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Ciudad Trujillo - New York - UK|
|Cargo||4100 tons of sugar, 850 tons of diesel oil and 25 tons of fine wood|
|History||Completed in May 1919 as Chetopa for US Shipping Board (USSB), later transferred to The Charles Nelson Co Inc, San Francisco. 1937 renamed Phyllis Soto for P.S. Soto, San Francisco. 1938 sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Ljubica Matkovic. |
|Notes on event|
At 09.37 hours on 24 Jun, 1942, the unescorted Ljubica Matkovic was hit ahead of the bridge by one torpedo from U-404 about 44 miles east of Cape Lookout. The ship had been missed by two G7e torpedoes, the first fired at 08.53 hours and the other at 09.20 hours, but one of them apparently hit without detonating. The U-boat waited until the crew abandoned ship and then fired a coup de grâce which caused the Ljubica Matkovic to sink by the bow within 38 seconds after being hit at 09.57 hours. There were no casualties. The survivors were picked up a few hours later by the US Coast Guard patrol boat USCG CG-218 after being spotted by the blimp K-3 and landed at Morehead City later that day.
|On board||We have details of 27 people who were on board.|
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