Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Malaya (01)

British Battleship

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameHMS Malaya (01)
Type:Battleship (Queen Elizabeth)
Tonnage31,100 tons
Completed1916 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack20 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-106 (J├╝rgen Oesten)
Position20° 02'N, 25° 50'W - Grid DT 7643
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteGibraltar (13 Mar) - UK 
History Completed in February 1916 
Notes on event

At 23.23 hours on 20 March 1941, U-106 attacked the shadow of a merchant ship with a spread of two stern torpedoes in bad light from the port side of convoy SL-68 about 250 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Oesten heard hits after 2 minutes 37 seconds and 3 minutes 35 seconds. One torpedo damaged HMS Malaya (01) and the other the Meerkerk.

HMS Malaya (01) (Capt A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN) was hit by the torpedo on the port side, causing considerable damage. Due to the flooding of some rooms the ship took a list of 7 degrees and was forced to leave convoy and head for Trinidad, escorted by HMS Crocus (K 49) (LtCdr E. Wheeler, RNR) until 23 March. On 29 March, the battleship arrived at Port of Spain and after temporary repairs continued to the New York Navy Yard, where the battleship was docked for 4 months. On 9 July, the ship left for the Clyde, arriving on 28 July.

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