Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,154 tons
Completed1926 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack27 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position0° 46'S, 37° 58'W - Grid FB 6583
Complement64 (27 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteSuez - Durban (8 Dec) - Demerara - UK 
History Completed in March 1926 
Notes on event

On 27 December 1942 the unescorted Oakbank (Master James Stewart) was torpedoed and sunk by U-507 about 200 miles north-northeast of Fortaleza, Brazil. 24 crew members and three gunners were lost. 30 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the Brazilian steam merchant Comandante Ripper and landed at Recife on 3 January. One crew member was rescued by the Argentinian steam tanker Juvenal and landed at CuraƧao on 8 January, while two crew members on a raft reached the coast near Para on 15 January. The master and an apprentice were taken prisoner and were lost when the U-boat was sunk on 13 January 1943.

On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

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