Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage2,161 tons
Completed1936 - Akers Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Oslo 
OwnerFred Olsen & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack30 May 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position14° 15'N, 54° 30'W - Grid EE 6467
Complement30 (9 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteNew York - Pernambuco 
Cargo2700 tons of general cargo and 316 bags of mail 
History Completed in November 1936 
Notes on event

At 06.51 hours on 30 May 1942 the unescorted Baghdad was hit by a torpedo from U-155, which caused the stern gun to fell over, killed eight men and injured several others badly. Shortly after two lifeboats had been lowered, another torpedo hit in the middle of the ship and she sank within minutes east of Martinique. One of the injured men died later in a lifeboat. Both boats managed to reach Grenada between 3 and 5 June 1942.

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