Ships hit by U-boats

Oued Grou

British Steam merchant

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NameOued Grou
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage792 tons
Completed1921 - D.W. Kremer & Sohn, Elmshorn 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack4 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)
Position4° 53'N, 4° 49'E - Grid EW 7431
Complement39 (5 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteTakoradi - Lagos (3 Nov) - Port Harcourt 
History Completed in April 1922 as German Peter for August Bolten: Wm. Miller’s Nachfolger GmbH & Co KG, Hamburg. 1924 to France and renamed Oued Grou for Compagnie de Navigation Paquet, Marseilles. In July 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 09.40 hours on 4 Nov 1942 the unescorted Oued Grou (Master Sydney Pattinson Dodgson) was hit by one torpedo from U-126 and sank fast southwest of Forcados in the Bight of Benin. Five crew members were lost. The Germans questioned the survivors in one of the lifeboats and asked for the master and the first engineer, but they were told that they had been lost. The master and 33 crew members made landfall at the village of Kulama, Nigeria.

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