British Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee|
|Owner||Watts, Watts & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||21 Apr 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-413 (Gustav Poel)|
|Position||55.46N, 45.14W - Grid AJ 5382|
|Complement||50 (2 dead and 48 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne - Oban (8 Apr) - New York|
|History||Completed in October 1928 |
|Notes on event|
At 08.14 hours on 21 Apr, 1943, the Wanstead (Master William B. Johnston) in convoy ONS-3 was hit by one stern torpedo from U-415 (Neide) southeast of Cape Farewell. Two crew members were lost. The master, 40 crew members and seven gunners abandoned the burning ship and were picked up by HMS Poppy (K 213) (Lt N.K. Boyd, DSC) and HMS Northern Gift (4.50) (T/A/LtCdr A.J. Clemence, RNR) and landed at St. Johns. The corvette probably tried to scuttle the ship, but she remained afloat and was sunk by a coup de grâce from U-413 at 13.45 hours.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Wanstead
|21 Apr 1943||U-415||Oblt. Kurt Neide||Damaged||5,486|
|21 Apr 1943||U-413||Kptlt. Gustav Poel||Sunk||5,486|
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