Dutch Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - NV Mij voor Scheeps-en Werktuigbouw ´Fyenoord´, Rotterdam|
|Owner||Koninklijke Java-China-Japan Lijn NV, Amsterdam|
|Date of attack||29 Nov 1942||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)|
|Position||5° 34'N, 25° 02'W - Grid ES 7693|
|Complement||62 (62 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Swansea (7 Nov) - Belfast Lough (10 Nov) - Bahia - Capetown - Middle East|
|Cargo||General cargo, including food and ammunition|
|Notes on event|
At 00.37 hours on 29 Nov 1942, U-161 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the Tjileboet (Master J.W. Kroese), dispersed from convoy ON-145, and scored a hit after 72 seconds. The ship exploded in a heavy detonation and debris fell even around the U-boat in a distance of about 1000 metres. At 08.14 hours on 28 November, the Tjileboet had been spotted and she almost escaped as they forced the U-boat to dive at 11.10 hours when turning towards it and firing with artillery, but was finally hit after a difficult hunt in heavy rain squalls and being identified by her distress calls.
|On board||We have details of 60 people who were on board.|
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