Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,838 tons
Completed1924 - Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tyne 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
Date of attack20 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position8° 58'N, 57° 34'W - Grid EO 2470
Complement58 (5 dead and 53 survivors).
RouteMassowah, Ethiopia - Capetown (21 Aug) - Trinidad - Fernandina, Florida 
Notes on event

At 08.15 hours on 20 Sep 1942 the unescorted Reedpool (Master William James Downs) was torpedoed by U-515 about 240 miles southeast of Trinidad and sank after being hit by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 08.38 hours. Five crew members were lost. The master was taken prisoner, landed at Lorient on 14 October and taken to Milag Nord. 32 crew members, four gunners and 16 survivors from Medon were picked up on 21 September by the British schooner Millie M. Masher (Master F. Barnes) and landed at Georgetown, British Guinea.

On 19 September, the Redpool had picked up the second officer and 15 survivors from the Medon, which had been sunk on 10 August by the Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani (Bruno) northeast of Para.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

Location of attack on Reedpool.

ship sunk.

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