British Steam tanker
|Completed||1922 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||14 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-598 (Gottfried Holtorf)|
|Position||21° 45'N, 76° 10'W - Grid DN 4781|
|Complement||55 (6 dead and 49 survivors).|
|Route||Curaçao (9 Aug) - Key West|
|Cargo||4532 tons of motor spirit and 4745 tons of white spirit|
|History||Completed in May 1922 as British Corporal for British Tanker Co Ltd, London.|
On 4 July 1940 the British Corporal was hit in the stern by a torpedo from the German Schnellboot S-26 in the English Channel and bombed by Ju87 dive bombers of StG 2 the same day. On 5 July, she was attacked again by StG 2 and badly damaged, but towed to port and repaired by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In 1942 the tanker returned to service as Empire Corporal.
|Notes on event|
At 11.54 and 11.55 hours on 14 August 1942, U-598 fired two spreads of two torpedoes at convoy TAW-12J northwest of Barlovento Point, Cuba and reported misses. At 11.57 hours, the stern torpedo was fired and a detonation was heard. No other U-boat attacked at this time, so the first spread must have hit the Michael Jebsen, which sank immediately. One torpedo of the second spread damaged the Standella, after missing the ship of convoy commodore, the Empire Corporal, which was then sunk by the stern torpedo.
The master, 39 crew members and nine gunners from the Empire Corporal (Master George Eric Hodgson) were picked up by USS SC-498, transferred to USS Fletcher (DD 445) (LtCdr W.M. Cole, USN) and landed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Five crew members and one gunner were lost.
|On board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
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