ON-153Outward, northbound (North Atlantic and UK coastal waters)
15 Dec 1942 - 21 Dec 1942
|The Convoy||43 ships|
|First sighting||On 15 Dec 1942 by U-609|
|Escorts||The British escort group B7 consisting of the destroyers Firedrake and Ripley, and the corvettes Sunflower, Loosestrife, Alisma and Pink.|
The wolfpack Raufbold of 13 boats U-135 (Oblt Schutt), U-203 (KptLt Kottmann), U-211 (KptLt Hause) *, U-356 (Oblt Ruppelt) *, U-409 (Oblt Massmann), U-410 (KptLt Sturm), U-439 (KptLt Spam), U-600 (KptLt Zurmuhlen), U-609 (KptLt Rudloff) *, U-610 (Kptlt von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen ) *, U-621 (KptLt Schunemann) *, U-623 (Oblt Schroder), U-664 (Oblt Graef) *,
* U-boats that fired torpedo or used the deck gun
As soon as darkness falls, the boats attack. First U-356 sinks a tanker, then U-610 torpedoes another tanker and U-621 sinks a freighter with 2 torpedoes. The ship damaged by U-610 is taken in tow and reaches a harbour.
During night, U-211 attacks from the front and sinks the leading destroyer Firedrake, who has to be scuttled by the corvette Sunflower.
Further attacks are frustrated by a strong gale reaching 10 Beauport. U-609 manages to keep contact in turns with U-621, but an attack fails in the gale and they get no more boats to the convoy. Finally, U-621 sinks 2 stragglers.
Article compiled by Tom Linclau
Ships hit from convoy ON-153
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.|
|16 Dec 1942||U-610||Walter von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen||Bello||6,125||nw|
|16 Dec 1942||U-610||Walter von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen||Regent Lion (d.)||9,551||br|
|16 Dec 1942||U-664||Adolf Graef||Emile Francqui||5,859||be|
|17 Dec 1942||U-211||Karl Hause||HMS Firedrake (H 79)||1,350||br|
|20 Dec 1942||U-621||Max Kruschka||Otina||6,217||br|
4 ships sunk (19,551 tons) and 1 ship damaged (9,551 tons).
49 convoys on route ON were hit by U-boats in the war.