Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage9,456 tons
Completed1938 - Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg 
OwnerInver Tankers Ltd (Andrew Weir & Co), London 
Date of attack3 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-456 (Max-Martin Teichert)
Position56° 35'N, 23° 30'W - Grid AL 4131
Complement47 (31 dead and 16 survivors).
RouteNew York (22 Jan) - Stanlow 
CargoClean petroleum products 
History Completed in December 1938 
Notes on event

At 02.57 hours on 3 Feb 1943 the Inverilen (Master Joseph Mann) in convoy HX-224 was torpedoed by U-456 south of Iceland. The tanker was abandoned and sank later in 56°13N/20°35W. The master, 24 crew members and six gunners were lost. 14 crew members and two passengers (DBS) were picked up by HMS Asphodel (K 56) (Lt G.L. Fraser, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.

The U-boat was chased after the attack by HMS Londonderry (U 76) (Cdr J.S. Dalison, DSO, RN), which had to abort the chase after she was damaged by a premature detonation of one of her own depth charges.

On boardWe have details of 30 people who were on board

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