Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,920 tons
Completed1928 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerBen Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith 
Date of attack5 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-505 (Axel-Olaf Loewe)
Position6° 05'N, 14° 15'W - Grid ET 6480
Complement56 (0 dead and 56 survivors).
RouteBombay - Durban - Freetown - Oban 
Cargo8539 tons of general cargo, including silver bullion, pig iron and rubber 
Notes on event

At 23.07 hours on 5 March 1942 the unescorted Benmohr (Master David Boag Anderson) was torpedoed and sunk by U-505 about 210 miles south-southwest of Freetown. The master, 51 crew members and four gunners were rescued by a British Sunderland flying boat (Sqdn. 95) and landed at Freetown.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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