Ships hit by U-boats


Vaalaren

Swedish Motor merchant



Photo courtesy of Krister Bång

NameVaalaren
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,406 tons
Completed1936 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerRederi-A/B Transatlantic, Gothenburg 
HomeportGothenburg 
Date of attack5 Apr 1943Nationality:      Swedish
 
FateSunk by U-229 (Robert Schetelig)
Position58° 00'N, 34° 00'W - Grid AK 0193
Complement38 (38 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyHX-231 (romper)
RouteNew York (25 Mar) - Swansea - Belfast Lough 
Cargo4915 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in September 1936 
Notes on event

At 05.09 hours on 5 April 1943, U-229 hit a ship reported as a freighter of the Glenearn type with one torpedo. The U-boat had seen the ship leaving a convoy, chased and sank it. This must have been the Vaalaren, which had left the convoy HX-231 deliberately after the first U-boat attack during the night, together Blitar and Thomas Sumpter but only the latter arrived in the UK. The Germans observed a lifeboat leaving the sinking ship but no survivors were rescued.

 
On boardWe have details of 45 people who were on board

Location of attack on Vaalaren.

ship sunk.


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