Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage7,078 tons
Completed1920 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerA/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen 
Date of attack9 Aug 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position7° 13'N, 26° 30'W - Grid ES 5143
Complement34 (2 dead and 32 survivors).
ConvoyE-5 (dispersed)
RouteTrinidad (29 Jul) - Pointe Noire 
Cargo10,040 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in June 1920. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). 
Notes on event

At 22.37 hours on 9 Aug 1942 the unescorted Malmanger (Master Jan M. Jacobsen), dispersed from convoy E-5, was hit fore and aft by two G7a torpedoes from U-130 and sank by the stern after 5 minutes about 750 miles west of Sierra Leone. Two crew members were lost. The master and the chief engineer Peder Johan Olsen were taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed on 12 September in Lorient and were later transferred to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord. The survivors in two lifeboats set sail for Africa. On 18 August, one boat with 14 occupants arrived at Ballo in Sierra Leone and were sent to Freetown, arriving on 22 August. Another boat with 16 men reached French West Africa where they were interned until December 1942. The gunner John Arnt Østerbø had earlier managed to escape to Freetown and in January 1943 he boarded the Ocean Courage for England, but died when the ship was sunk by U-182 (Clausen) on 15 January.

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