Ships hit by U-boats


Oakbank

British Motor merchant



Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameOakbank
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,154 tons
Completed1926 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
HomeportGlasgow 
Date of attack27 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position00.46S, 37.58W - Grid FB 6583
Complement64 (27 dead and 37 survivors).
Convoy
RouteSuez - Durban (8 Dec) - Demerara - UK 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in March 1926 
Notes on event

On 27 Dec, 1942, the unescorted Oakbank (Master James Stewart) was torpedoed and sunk by U-507 about 200 miles north-northeast of Fortaleza, Brazil. The master, 24 crew members and two gunners were lost. 29 crew members and three gunners were picked up by the Brazilian steam merchant Comandante Ripper and landed at Recife on 3 January. One crew member was rescued by the Argentinian steam tanker Juvenal and landed at CuraƧao on 8 January, while two crew members on a raft reached the coast near Para on 15 January. The master and one crew member (Apprentice Ian Hamish Innes-Sim) were taken prisoner and were lost when the U-boat was sunk on 13 Jan, 1943.

 
On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

Location of attack on Oakbank.

ship sunk.


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