Belgian Troop transport
|Completed||1929 - John Cockerill SA, Hoboken, Antwerp|
|Owner||Compagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp|
|Date of attack||24 Dec 1944||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-486 (Gerhard Meyer)|
|Position||49° 45'N, 1° 34'W - Grid BF 3553|
|Complement||2374 (819 dead and 1555 survivors).|
|Route||Southampton (24 Dec) - Cherbourg|
|Cargo||2235 troops and war material|
|History||Completed in August 1929 as Belgian steam passenger ship Leopoldville. 1937 lengthened. In May 1940 converted by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) to a troop transport. |
|Notes on event|
At 17.54 hours on 24 Dec 1944 the Leopoldville (Master Charles Limbor) in convoy WEP-3 was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-486 about five miles off Cherbourg and sank over the stern at 20.40 hours. The ship carried 2235 officers and ratings of the US 66th Infantry Division and a crew of 139 men. The master, 55 crew members and 763 soldiers were lost.
|On board||We have details of 795 people who were on board.|
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