Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage10,034 tons
Completed1938 - Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg 
OwnerTanker Corp (Johan Rasmussen & Co), Panama 
Date of attack9 Jan 1943Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-522 (Herbert Schneider)
Position28° 08'N, 28° 20'W - Grid DG 8636
Complement45 (2 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteTrinidad - Gibraltar 
Cargo13.021 tons of Admiralty furnace oil 
History Completed in January 1938 
Notes on event

At 06.19 hours on 9 Jan 1943, U-522 fired three torpedoes at convoy TM-1 about 500 miles west of Teneriffe and reported three hits, which were also observed by U-575 (Heydemann) and claimed three tankers sunk. It is probable that two torpedoes hit the Minister Wedel, which started to burn fiercely and the other the Norvik. HMS Havelock (H 88) (Cdr R.C. Boyle DSC, RN) unsuccessfully tried to scuttle both badly damaged ships by gunfire.

In the afternoon, U-522 reported the sinking of three damaged tankers at 15.15 hours, 16.50 hours and 17.30 hours by coups de grâce. But again, the U-boat probably attacked one of the tankers twice, so only Norvik and Minister Wedel were finished off.

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