Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,376 tons
Completed1918 - New Engineering & Shipbuilding Works, Shanghai 
OwnerBruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co, Drammen 
Date of attack6 Jul 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-375 (Jürgen Koenenkamp)
Position32° 23'N, 34° 35'E - Grid CP 5957
Complement43 (30 dead and 13 survivors).
RouteBeirut (5 Jul) - Port Said 
Notes on event

At 05.26 hours on 6 July 1942 the Hero (Master Erling Nielsen), escorted by three escort vessels, was hit by two torpedoes from U-375. The first torpedo struck in the bow and the second after 30 seconds in the stern. The ship was blown to pieces and sank within 50 seconds. Four Norwegians, two British and 24 Chinese crew members died. Only 14 men that had been on deck survived by jumping overboard. They were picked up by an escort vessel and taken to Jaffa two hours later. The master was among the rescued, but died on board the escort ship and was buried the next day at the military cemetery in Ramleh, near Jaffa.
The completely destroyed wreck of the Hero was removed in March 1944.

On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

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