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|Completed||1920 - Virginia Shipbuilding Corp, Alexandria VA|
|Owner||Sir James German & Co Ltd, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||10 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-438 (Rudolf Franzius)|
|Position||57° 05'N, 22° 41'W - Grid AL 2912|
|Complement||41 (2 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Baltimore - Sydney, CB (31 Jul) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||8107 tons of general cargo including foodstuffs and steel|
|History||Completed in July 1920 as Anna E. Morse for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1925 renamed Oakridge for the same owner. 1928 renamed Oregon for States SS Co, San Francisco CA. 1941 given to Britain for use by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 12.20 hours on 10 August 1942, U-660 (Baur) fired a single torpedo, followed one minute later by a spread of two and then another single torpedo at the convoy SC-94 south of Iceland from the starboard side. They heard a detonation after 47 seconds, two more after 1 minute 30 seconds and a fourth after another 50 seconds. At 12.21 hours, U-438 attacked the convoy from the port side and observed a detonation after 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The abandoned and burning Oregon (Master Stanley Edmondson) was sunk by two coups de grâce at 15.47 and 16.29 hours after being spotted by U-438 at 13.48 hours. One crew member and one gunner were lost. The master, 29 crew members, five gunner and one passenger (DBS) were picked up by HMS Dianthus (K 95) (LtCdr C.E. Bridgman, RNR) and three crew members by HMS Nasturtium (K 107) (Lt C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) and landed at Liverpool on 14 August.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Oregon
|10 Aug 1942||U-660||Oblt. Götz Baur||Damaged||6,008|
|10 Aug 1942||U-438||Kptlt. Rudolf Franzius||Sunk||6,008|
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