British Motor tanker
|Completed||1930 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||Houlder Brothers & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||27 Oct 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-604 (Horst Höltring)|
|Position||27° 15'N, 17° 55'W - Grid DH 8547|
|Complement||35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).|
|Route||Pointe Noire, French Congo - Freetown (16 Oct) - Glasgow|
|History||Completed in March 1930 as Swedish Anglo-Swede for Rederi A/B Tanker (R. Wylandt), Stockholm. 1932 sold to Denmark and renamed Anglo Mærsk for A.P. Møller, Copenhagen. In 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 17.40 hours on 26 Oct 1942 U-509 (Witte) attacked a straggler from the convoy SL-125 west of the Canary Islands, in position 27°50N/22°15W and observed a hit after 1 minute 33 seconds on the Anglo Mærsk (Master K.N. Valsberg) with no significant effect. The tanker was straggling due to machinery troubles.
At 21.06 hours on 27 Oct 1942 the damaged tanker was sunk by three coups de grâce by U-604 behind the convoy. The master, 32 crew members and two gunners landed at Hierro Island, Canary Islands on 27 October.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Anglo Mærsk
|26 Oct 1942||U-509||Oblt. Werner Witte||Damaged||7,705|
|27 Oct 1942||U-604||Kptlt. Horst Höltring||Sunk||7,705|
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