Ships hit by U-boats


Tjileboet

Dutch Steam merchant



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NameTjileboet
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,760 tons
Completed1918 - NV Mij voor Scheeps-en Werktuigbouw ´Fyenoord´, Rotterdam 
OwnerKoninklijke Java-China-Japan Lijn NV, Amsterdam 
HomeportBatavia 
Date of attack29 Nov 1942Nationality:      Dutch
 
FateSunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)
Position5° 34'N, 25° 02'W - Grid ES 7693
Complement62 (62 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyON-145 (dispersed)
RouteSwansea (7 Nov) - Belfast Lough (10 Nov) - Bahia - Capetown - Middle East 
CargoGeneral cargo, including food and ammunition 
History  
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 boardWe have details of 56 people who were on board

Location of attack on Tjileboet.

ship sunk.


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