British Motor tanker
|Completed||1935 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack|
|Owner||Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||10 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-510 (Karl Neitzel)|
|Position||16° 50'N, 60° 40'W - Grid ED 3927|
|Complement||64 (0 dead and 64 survivors).|
|Route||Gibraltar - Curaçao|
|History||At 04.27 hours on 2 Aug 1940, the Alexia in convoy OB-191 was torpedoed by U-99 (Kretschmer) in position 55°30N/15°30W (Grid AL 6616) and fell out of the convoy, where she was shelled by the same U-boat but did not sink. |
|Notes on event|
At 02.15 hours on 10 Aug 1942, U-510 fired torpedoes at the Alexia and observed three hits in sequence and thought after 10 minutes that the tanker had sunk, but the ship was again salved.
The badly damaged Alexia was acquired by the Royal Navy and converted to the auxiliary escort carrier HMS Alexia, commissioned in December 1943.
|On board||We have details of 11 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Alexia
|2 Aug 1940||U-99||Kptlt. Otto Kretschmer||Damaged||8,016|
|10 Aug 1942||U-510||KrvKpt. Karl Neitzel||Damaged||8,016|
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