Ships hit by U-boats

Crew lists from ships hit by U-boats


Dutch steam merchant

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This is a listing of people associated with this ship.
We also have a detailed page on the Dutch steam merchant Towa.

Aboard Towa when hit on 11 Dec 1940

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NameAgeRankServed on
DutchBlankemeijer, Fredrik Tjeerd, Merchant Navy38Chief OfficerTowa +
DutchBruggeman, Jan Jacobus, Merchant Navy40Able SeamanTowa +
DutchBurger, Jan, Merchant Navy26Able SeamanTowa +
DutchCornelisse, Johannes Jacobus, Merchant Navy38Second Engineer OfficerTowa +
BritishDavis, Harold, DEMS gunnerTowa
DutchDirks, Fransiscus Martinus, Merchant NavyTrimmerTowa
DutchDreessen, Peter Joannes Stephanus, Merchant Navy53CookTowa +
DutchDriel Vis, Gerrit Johannes van, Merchant Navy31DonkeymanTowa
DutchElswijk, Theodorus van, Merchant NavyFiremanTowa
DutchEndt, Jakob van der, Merchant Navy52Boatswain (Bosun)Towa +
BelgianGobes, Michael, Merchant Navy20Mess Room StewardTowa +
DutchGoedknegt, Gerrit, Merchant Navy28FiremanTowa
DutchGood, Franciscus Hubertus Judocus, Merchant Navy45Third Engineer OfficerTowa +
DutchGorter, Gosse, Merchant Navy37Able SeamanTowa, Flensburg
CanadianGraydon, Ernest, Merchant Navy37TrimmerTowa +
DutchGroning, Jens Martin, Merchant NavyOrdinary SeamanTowa
DutchHilhorst, Maarten Adrianus, Merchant Navy53GreaserTowa +
DutchHillenaar, Lucas Jacobus, Merchant Navy23Able SeamanTowa
DutchKaak, Willem Jacobus, Merchant Navy19Deck BoyTowa +
DutchKolster, Johannes Reinier, Merchant Navy43Third OfficerTowa +
DutchMost, Johannes Hendrik van der, Merchant Navy48Chief Engineer OfficerTowa +
DutchOepkes, Gerrit, Merchant Navy40Second OfficerTowa, Flensburg
DutchParre, Willem, Merchant Navy59Able SeamanTowa
DutchPersoon, Marinus Leonardus, Merchant Navy47FiremanTowa, Schie +
DutchReitsema, Pieter, Merchant Navy21Radio OperatorTowa +
DutchRidder, Thomas de, Merchant Navy23Fourth Engineer OfficerTowa +
DutchSluis, Jan van der, Merchant Navy33FiremanTowa +
DutchSmit, Willem, Merchant Navy49MasterTowa
DutchStekelenburg, Jacobus Dirk, Merchant Navy17Able SeamanTowa +
DutchTihane, Eduard, Merchant NavyAble SeamanTowa
DutchTrierum, Gerhard van, Merchant Navy26StewardTowa +
DutchVelde, Jozias van der, Merchant Navy38FiremanTowa
DutchVerhoog, Marinus, Merchant Navy27FiremanTowa
DutchVrijer, Jan Frederik de, Merchant Navy29FiremanTowa, Suriname +
BritishWatson, William, DEMS gunnerTowa

35 persons found.

Served on indicates the ships we have listed for the person, some were stationed on multiple ships hit by U-boats.

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