Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage9,551 tons
Completed1928 - Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij NV, Amsterdam 
OwnerA/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen 
Date of attack30 Mar 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-596 (Gunter Jahn)
Position36° 55'N, 1° 39'E - Grid CH 8292
Complement44 (0 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteAlgiers - Gibraltar - New York 
CargoBallast and 1000 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in April 1928. Since 1941 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary. 
Notes on event

At 20.06 hours on 30 March 1943, U-596 attacked convoy ET-16 west of Algiers and reported five hits on two ships, but the Italians reported hits on three ships. The Hallanger and Fort a la Corne were sunk by this attack.

The Hallanger (Master Karl Bjerring Hansen) in station #52 was hit by one torpedo in the #8 tank on the port side, two minutes later by a second in the #6 tank. At 20.17 hours, the U-boat fired a coup de grâce, which struck in the bunkers aft. The vessel sank later in 36°52N/01°47E. The 40 crew members and four gunners abandoned ship in the lifeboat, reached land the next day and were subsequently sent to Algiers.

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On boardWe have details of 41 people who were on board

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