Ships hit by U-boats


Devis

British Motor merchant



Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameDevis
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,054 tons
Completed1938 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerLamport & Holt Ltd, Liverpool 
HomeportLiverpool 
Date of attack5 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)
Position37° 01'N, 4° 10'E - Grid CH 9544
Complement343 (52 dead and 291 survivors).
ConvoyKMS-18B
RouteClyde (24 Jun) - Sicily 
Cargo4000 tons of government stores and a deck cargo of two landing craft 
History Completed in February 1938. During the war specially modified as an Assault Command Ship. 
Notes on event

At 15.43 hours on 5 July 1943, U-593 fired two spreads of two torpedoes at the convoy KMS-18B northeast of Cap Bengut and heard a hit after 1 minute 20 seconds and sinking noises. The torpedo hit the Devis (Master Walter Denson), the ship of the convoy commodore. She had 289 Canadian troops and two British landing crafts (LCTs) on board for the Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. 52 soldiers were lost. One of the LCTs sank with the ship, the other was damaged but remained afloat. The master, the convoy commodore (Rear Admiral H.T. England, RN), six naval staff members, 38 crew members, eight gunners and 237 soldiers were picked up by HMS Cleveland (L 46) (Lt J.K. Hamilton, RN) and landed at Bougie.

 
On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

Location of attack on Devis.

ship sunk.


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