Ships hit by U-boats


Waiwera

British Motor merchant



Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NameWaiwera
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage12,435 tons
Completed1934 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerShaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, London 
HomeportSouthampton 
Date of attack29 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-754 (Hans Oestermann)
Position45° 49'N, 34° 29'W - Grid BD 4983
Complement105 (8 dead and 97 survivors).
Convoy
RouteAuckland - Colon (17 Jun) - Liverpool 
Cargo12,933 tons of foodstuffs, including 5500 tons of butter, beef and tea and 2100 bags of mail 
History Completed in August 1934 
Notes on event

At 06.10 hours on 29 June 1942 the unescorted Waiwera (Master Cyril Maurice Andrews) was torpedoed and sunk by U-754 about 400 miles north-northwest of the Azores. Six crew members and two passengers (military personnel) were lost. The master, 71 crew members, seven gunners and 18 passengers (military personnel) were picked up by Oregon Express and landed at New York.

The master Cyril Maurice Andrews and the chief officer Eric Arnold Hickling were both awarded the OBE and the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.

 
On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

Location of attack on Waiwera.

ship sunk.


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