Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,838 tons
Completed1924 - Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tyne 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
Date of attack20 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position8° 58'N, 57° 34'W - Grid EO 2470
Complement57 (6 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteMassowah, Ethiopia - Capetown (21 Aug) - Trinidad - Fernandina, Florida 
History Completed in September 1924 
Notes on event

At 08.15 hours on 20 September 1942 the unescorted Reedpool (Master William James Downs) was torpedoed by U-515 about 240 miles southeast of Trinidad and sank after being hit by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 08.38 hours. Six crew members were lost. The master was taken prisoner, landed at Lorient on 14 October and taken to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord. 30 crew members, four gunners and 16 survivors from Medon were picked up by the British schooner Millie M. Masher (Master F. Barnes) on 21 September and landed at Georgetown, British Guiana.

On 13 September the Reedpool had picked up the second officer and 15 survivors from the British motor merchant Medon, which had been sunk by the Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani (Bruno) northeast of Para on 10 August.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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