Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

Charles George Benjamin Broughton

Merchant Navy (1087818). British

Born  23 Jun 1904Sunderland
Died   1972(67)

Photo courtesy of Colin Narramore


16 Mar 1943MBE

Roster information listed for Charles George Benjamin Broughton

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Geo. W. McKnightMotor tankerChief Officer3 May 1942U-66 (1)

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Award Citation as published in London Gazette on 16 March 1943:

The ship, sailing alone, was torpedoed. She remained afloat, but 20 minutes later was fired on by the submarine. The enemy fire was returned, two shells being seen to explode close to the submarine, which may have been damaged. Half an hour later, two torpedoes were seen coming towards the ship and evasive action was successfully taken. No further attack was made and under her own power the vessel was brought safely to a nearby port where an examination disclosed that she had sustained serious damage. When, however, it was found that there were no facilities for executing the extensive repairs required, the crew were eager to take the ship to a port where repairs could be effected. In spite of her damaged condition the ship put to sea and, after sailing alone through submarine infested waters, eventually reached port.

Photo taken aboard Geo. W. McKnight during repairs in New York, from left: Chief Officer Broughton, Radio Officer Harrison and Third Officer Johnstone. Photo courtesy of Colin Narramore


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Crew list for Ships hit by U-boats