Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1928 - Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij NV, Amsterdam|
|Owner||A/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen|
|Date of attack||30 Mar 1943||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-596 (Gunter Jahn)|
|Position||36° 55'N, 1° 39'E - Grid CH 8292|
|Complement||44 (0 dead and 44 survivors).|
|Route||Algiers - Gibraltar - New York|
|Cargo||Ballast and 1000 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in April 1928. Since 1941 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary. |
|Notes on event|
At 20.06 hours on 30 March 1943, U-596 attacked the convoy ET-16 west of Algiers and reported five hits on two ships, but the Italians reported hits on three ships. The Hallanger and Fort a la Corne were sunk by this attack.
The Hallanger (Master Karl Bjerring Hansen) in station #52 was hit by one torpedo in the #8 tank on the port side, two minutes later by a second in the #6 tank. At 20.17 hours, the U-boat fired a coup de grâce, which struck in the bunkers aft. The vessel sank later in 36°52N/01°47E. The 40 crew members and four gunners abandoned ship in the lifeboat, reached land the next day and were subsequently sent to Algiers.
|On board||We have details of 41 people who were on board.|
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