British Troop transport
|Completed||1928 - William Denny & Brothers Ltd, Dumbarton|
|Owner||P. Henderson & Co, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||17 Jun 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-81 (Johann-Otto Krieg)|
|Position||33° 03'N, 22° 04'E - Grid CO 5498|
|Complement||1961 (484 dead and 1477 survivors).|
|Route||Sfax - Tripoli (16 Jun) - Alexandria - Port Said|
|History||Completed in October 1928 |
|Notes on event|
At 07.33 hours on 17 June 1943 the Yoma (Master George Patterson) in convoy GTX-2 was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-81 and sank after about eight hours northwest of Derna. The ship carried 134 officers and 994 ratings of the British Army and 22 officers and 643 ratings of the Free French Navy. The master, 29 crew members, three gunners and 451 military personnel were lost. 130 crew members, five gunners and the surviving military personnel were picked up by HMAS Lismore (J 145) (Lt L.C.G. Lever), HMAS Gawler (J 188) (LtCdr W.J. Seymour, RN), the British coastal minesweepers HMS MMS-102 (SubLt R.L. Simpson, RNZNVR) and HMS MMS-105 (Lt W. Henderson) and the British steam merchant Fort Maurepas and landed at Derna.
|On board||We have details of 81 people who were on board.|
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