British Motor tanker
|Completed||1937 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||C.T. Bowring & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||17 Feb 1945||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-300 (Fritz Hein)|
|Position||35° 56'N, 5° 45'W - Grid CG 95|
|Complement||52 (7 dead and 45 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Suez|
|Cargo||12440 tons of aviation gasolene|
|History||At 08.36 and 08.38 hours on 16 Dec 1942, U-610 (Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen) fired two spreads of two torpedoes at the convoy ON-153 in grid AL 7837 and observed two hits on a first tanker that sank burning in 4 minutes and a hit with a column of fire on another tanker. The Bello was sunk and the Regent Lion damaged. |
|Notes on event|
At 11.00 hours on 17 Feb 1945, U-300 fired two spreads of two torpedoes at convoy UGS-72 27 miles from Gibraltar and hit the Michael J. Stone in station #43 and the Regent Lion.
The badly damaged Regent Lion (Master Colin Thomas Pitt) was taken in tow by HMS Rollicker (W 21) and HMS Arctic Ranger (FY 186) (Lt J. Howson) on 19 February and was later grounded on Perl Rock, one mile south of Carnero Point. She was declared a total loss. Seven crew members were lost. The master, 40 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMS Arctic Ranger (FY 186) and USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) and landed in Gibraltar.
|On board||We have details of 13 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Regent Lion
|16 Dec 1942||U-610||Kptlt. Walter Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen||Damaged||9,551|
|17 Feb 1945||U-300||Oblt. Fritz Hein||Total loss||9,551|
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