Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,054 tons
Completed1924 - Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay-on-Tyne 
OwnerHunting & Son Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack5 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position48° 34'N, 31° 34'W - Grid BD 5185
Complement42 (8 dead and 34 survivors).
ConvoyOB-328 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Curaçao 
Notes on event

At 01.31 hours on 5 June 1941 the unescorted Wellfield (Master James Edward Smith), dispersed from convoy OB-328, was hit aft by two torpedoes from U-48 southeast of Cape Farewell. The tanker had been spotted at 14.09 hours the day before and was sunk by one G7e coup de grâce at 01.56 hours. The master and seven crew members were lost. 19 crew members were picked up by British Ardour and landed at New York. On 11 June, 15 crew members were picked up by Heina and landed at Halifax.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

Location of attack on Wellfield.

ship sunk.

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