Ships hit by U-boats

Baron Cochrane

British Steam merchant

NameBaron Cochrane
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,385 tons
Completed1927 - Ayrshire Dockyard Co Ltd, Irvine 
OwnerH. Hogarth & Sons Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack29 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Horst von Schroeter)
Position43° 23'N, 27° 14'W - Grid BD 9849
Complement44 (2 dead and 42 survivors).
ConvoyONS-154 (straggler)
RouteCardiff - Belfast Lough (19 Dec) - Pernambuco - Rio de Janerio 
Cargo4376 tons of coal 
History Completed in December 1927 
Notes on event

At 23.17 hours on 28 Dec 1942, U-406 (Dieterichs) fired two FAT and three T-3 torpedoes at convoy ONS-154 northwest of the Azores and reported two ships sunk and two ships damaged, but in fact three ships, Baron Cochrane (station #12), Lynton Grange (station #22) and Zarian (station #13) were hit and damaged.

The Baron Cochrane (Master Leslie Anderson) was then missed by a coup de grâce from U-591 (Zetzsche), but sunk by a coup de grâce from U-123 at 00.53 hours on 29 December. The chief engineer and one gunner were the only casualties of 38 crewmen and six gunners. The survivors were picked up by HMS Milne (G 14) (Capt I.M.R. Campbell, DSO, RN), which was herself unsuccessful attacked by U-435 (Strelow) at 00.55 hours. They were brought to Ponta Delgada, Azores.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

Attack entries for Baron Cochrane

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
28 Dec 1942U-406Kptlt. Horst DieterichsDamaged3,385  
29 Dec 1942U-123Oblt. Horst von SchroeterSunk3,385  

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