Ships hit by U-boats

Anglo Mærsk

British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameAnglo Mærsk
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,705 tons
Completed1930 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerHoulder Brothers & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack27 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-604 (Horst Höltring)
Position27° 15'N, 17° 55'W - Grid DH 8547
Complement35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).
ConvoySL-125 (straggler)
RoutePointe Noire, French Congo - Freetown (16 Oct) - Glasgow 
History Completed in March 1930 as Swedish Anglo-Swede for Rederi A/B Tanker (R. Wylandt), Stockholm. 1932 sold to Denmark and renamed Anglo Mærsk for A.P. Møller, Copenhagen. In 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 17.40 hours on 26 Oct 1942 U-509 (Witte) attacked a straggler from convoy SL-125 west of the Canary Islands, in position 27°50N/22°15W and observed a hit after 1 minute 33 seconds on the Anglo Mærsk (Master K.N. Valsberg) with no significant effect. The tanker was straggling due to machinery troubles.

At 21.06 hours on 27 Oct 1942 the damaged tanker was sunk by three coups de grâce by U-604 behind convoy. The master, 32 crew members and two gunners landed at Hierro Island, Canary Islands on 27 October.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

Attack entries for Anglo Mærsk

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
26 Oct 1942U-509Oblt. Werner WitteDamaged7,705  
27 Oct 1942U-604Kptlt. Horst HöltringSunk7,705  

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