Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,971 tons
Completed1930 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerHalfdan Kuhnle, Bergen 
Date of attack30 Aug 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)
Position58° 48'N, 6° 49'W - Grid AM 3538
Complement28 (17 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteWilmington (8 Aug) - Bermuda - Grangemouth 
CargoScrap iron 
History Completed in March 1930 
Notes on event

Between 02.20 and 02.48 hours on 30 Aug 1940, U-32 attacked convoy HX-66A 58 miles west-northwest of Cape Wrath and sank the Mill Hill, Chelsea and Norne and missed a fourth ship.

The Norne (Master Leif Hauge) was hit on the port side amidships by one torpedo, just forward of the engine room and sank within a minute following a boiler explosion. The crew tried to launch the starboard lifeboat, but it was crushed as the ship sank rapidly, pulling down the men on deck. The master and 16 crew members were lost. Eleven survivors were picked up from debris and a raft by HMS Hibiscus (K 24) (LtCdr R. Phillips, RNR) and landed in Scotland on 31 August.

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