Richard James Roper
RM (21766). British
|Born||5 Mar 1905||Salisbury, Wiltshire|
Roster information listed for Richard James Roper
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|City of Nagpur||Steam passenger ship||Marine (DEMS gunner)||29 Apr 1941||U-75 (1)|
Richard James Roper later told his family how he "stepped" off the sinking City of Nagpur into a lifeboat due to the excessive list, then was bundled into the bottom of the lifeboat and sat on by nurses when the U-boat hailed them in perfect English. He recounted they couldn’t fire the deck guns as the list was too great replying instead to U-75 with machine gun fire. His description of the U-boat was that it "prowled" around the sinking ship on the surface.
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