Ships hit by U-boats

Aingeru Guardakoa

Spanish Sailing ship

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NameAingeru Guardakoa
Type:Sailing ship
Tonnage97 tons
OwnerHilario Berasaluce, Guipúzcoa 
Date of attack14 Oct 1941Nationality:      Spanish
FateSunk by U-204 (Walter Kell)
Position36° 20'N, 6° 15'W - Grid CG 95
Complement7 (2 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteLisbon - Tangier 
Notes on event

At 00.45 hours on 14 October 1941 the unescorted and neutral Aingeru Guardakoa was torpedoed and sunk by U-204 off Cape Roche south of the Bay of Cadiz. As the U-boat was later lost during the patrol the circumstances of this attack are not clear, but it seems the Germans mistook her for a British submarine chaser. At least two torpedoes were fired of which one was seen passing astern by a survivor, who heard a buzz and saw bubbles but thought that it was a shoal of sardines. The ship sank immediately after being hit and the master and four crew members clung to debris until they were picked up the next morning by a fishing boat and taken to its home port Santa Uxía de Ribeira, Spain.


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