Ships hit by U-boats

Ville de Rouen

British Steam merchant

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NameVille de Rouen
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,598 tons
Completed1919 - North of Ireland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Londonderry 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack29 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-662 (Wolfgang Hermann)
Position43° 25'N, 27° 15'W - Grid BD 9843
Complement71 (0 dead and 71 survivors).
ConvoyONS-154 (straggler)
RouteGlasgow (18 Dec) - Ascension Island and St. Helena - Beira 
Cargo5500 tons of general cargo 
History Launched as Ville de Nantes, completed in October 1919 as Ville de Rouen for Nouvelle Compagnie Havraise Péninsulaire de Navigation, Le Havre. On 22 Jul 1941, the Vichy French ship was captured by HMS Dunedin (D 93) (Capt R.S. Lovatt, RN) east of Natal. The ship was later transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 22.02 hours on 28 Dec 1942, U-225 (Leimkühler) fired torpedoes at convoy ONS-154 north of the Azores and reported two ships sunk and two others probably sunk. In fact, the Melmore Head in station #113 was hit by two torpedoes and blew up and the stern torpedo hit the Ville de Rouen in station #102, which was later finished off by U-662.

The Ville de Rouen (Master Herbert Colin Skinns) sank after being hit by a spread of two torpedoes. The master, 61 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by HMCS Shediac (K 110) (T/Lt J.E. Clayton, RCNR) and landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Attack entries for Ville de Rouen

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
28 Dec 1942U-225Oblt. Wolfgang LeimkühlerDamaged5,598  
29 Dec 1942U-662KrvKpt. Wolfgang HermannSunk5,598  

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