T-896 (No 42)
Soviet M/S trawler
|Name||T-896 (No 42)|
|Completed||1933 - Zavod No 201 (Marine Works), Sevastopol|
|Date of attack||1 Oct 1943||Nationality: Soviet|
|Fate||Sunk by U-960 (Günther Heinrich)|
|Position||75° 28'N, 83° 25'E - Grid AS 2712|
|Complement||43 (43 dead - no survivors)|
|History||Completed in February 1933 as steam trawler RT-308 Krasnyj Onezhanin for Sevgosrybtrest NKRP. On 9 Nov 1939, the ship was requisitioned by the Soviet Navy, converted to the minesweeper T-894 (No 42) and assigned to the Northern Fleet. She participated in the Winter war against Finland and was returned to the owner on 29 Mar 1940. On 25 Jun 1941, the ship was again requisitioned by the Soviet Navy, converted to the minesweeper T-896 and assigned to the Northern Fleet on 29 July. |
|Notes on event|
At 18.06 hours on 1 Oct 1943, U-960 fired torpedoes at the convoy VA-18 in the Kara Sea and reported the sinking of the Soviet steam merchant A. Andreev (2847 grt) and one patrol vessel, but in fact only T-896 (No 42) (CaptLt V.V. Golubets) was hit and sank 58 miles northwest of Michailov Peninsula. Due to darkness and the threat of another U-boat attack no rescue attempts were undertaken by the remaining ships of the convoy. All hands were lost.
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