Ships hit by U-boats


British Fleet oiler

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Type:Fleet oiler (Belgol)
Tonnage2,646 tons
Completed1917 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerThe Admiralty (Royal Fleet Auxiliary), London 
Date of attack21 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-159 (Helmut Friedrich Witte)
Position36° 41'N, 22° 45'W - Grid CF 7389
Complement64 (3 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteGreenock - Freetown 
Notes on event

At 03.23 and 03.24 hours on 21 May 1942, U-159 fired four torpedoes at a group of five ships in convoy OS-28 about 140 miles east-southeast of Santa Maria, Azores and heard four detonations and saw a column of fire. Three ships were seen sinking, one of them burning. One of the damaged ships was then hit by another torpedo from a second spread of two torpedoes at 03.25 hours. However, only the New Brunswick and Montenol were hit and sunk.

The Montenol (Master Edward Emile August Le Sage) was badly damaged, abandoned and later scuttled by gunfire by HMS Woodruff (K 53) (LtCdr F.H. Gray). Three crew members were lost. The master, 52 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the HMS Wellington (L 65) (LtCdr W.F.R. Segrave) and landed at Freetown.

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