Norwegian Steam tanker
|Completed||1920 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||A/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen|
|Date of attack||9 Aug 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)|
|Position||07.13N, 26.30W - Grid ES 5143|
|Complement||34 (2 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad (29 Jul) - Pointe Noire|
|Cargo||10,040 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in June 1920. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). |
|Notes on event|
At 22.37 hours on 9 Aug, 1942, the unescorted Malmanger (Master Jan M. Jacobsen), dispersed from convoy E-5, was hit fore and aft by two G7a torpedoes from U-130 and sank by the stern after 5 minutes about 750 miles west of Sierra Leone. Two crew members were lost. The master and the chief engineer Peder Johan Olsen were taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed on 12 September in Lorient and were later transferred to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord. The survivors in two lifeboats set sail for Africa. On 18 August, one boat with 14 occupants arrived at Ballo in Sierra Leone and were sent to Freetown, arriving on 22 August. Another boat with 16 men reached French West Africa where they were interned until December 1942. The gunner John Arnt Østerbø had earlier managed to escape to Freetown and in January 1943 he boarded the Ocean Courage for England, but died when the ship was sunk by U-182 (Clausen) on 15 January.
|On board||We have details of 34 people who were on board.|
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