Ships hit by U-boats


Komiles

Soviet Steam tug


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NameKomiles
Type:Steam tug
Tonnage136 tons
Completed1915 - Zavod No 112 (Krasnoje Sormovo), Gorkij 
OwnerNKVD 
Homeport 
Date of attack17 Aug 1942Nationality:      Soviet
 
FateSunk by U-209 (Heinrich Brodda)
Position - Grid AT 8761
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
Convoy
Route 
Cargo 
History  
Notes on event

Between 05.26 and 09.20 hours on 17 Aug 1942, U-209 attacked a tug convoy consisting of ships of the NKVD with gunfire near the Matveev Island west of the Yugor Strait in Pechora Sea. The tugs Komsomolec, Komiles, the barges Sh-500 and P-4 (by a coup de grĂ¢ce) were sunk. The tug Nord was the only surviving vessel, which picked up together with the minesweepers USSR T-54 and USSR T-62 only 23 survivors among the 328 men which were aboard the lost vessels (crews and workers of the Pechora port, Narjan-Mar, some of them probably political prisoners) . Soviet reports indicate that many men were killed in water by machine gun fire, but regarding the chance of surviving in the ice cold water it is not very likely that this was done intentionally.

 


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