Belgian Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Date of attack||4 Aug 1942||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-607 (Ernst Mengersen)|
|Position||45° 52'N, 47° 13'W - Grid BC 5746|
|Complement||60 (21 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow - USA|
|History||Built as British Empire Selwyn for MoWT 1942 sold to Belgian Government and renamed Belgian Soldier |
|Notes on event|
At 04.01 hours on 3 Aug 1942, U-553 (Thurmann) attacked convoy ON-115 and damaged the Belgian Soldier (Master H. Sanglier). The ship then fell out of convoy and was sunk by a coup de grâce from U-607 at 02.29 hours on 4 August. 21 men were lost from 53 crew members (24 Belgians) and seven gunners.
|On board||We have details of 53 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Belgian Soldier
|3 Aug 1942||U-553||KrvKpt. Karl Thurmann||Damaged||7,167|
|4 Aug 1942||U-607||Kptlt. Ernst Mengersen||Sunk||7,167|
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