Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Steam merchant

Ufa under her former name Aquila. Photo courtesy of Oswald Bergstad

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,892 tons
Completed1917 - Superior Shipbuilding Co, Superior WI 
OwnerSevernoje Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (SGMP) 
Date of attack29 Jan 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-255 (Reinhart Reche)
Position73° 45'N, 17° 50'E - Grid AB 6373
Complement39 (39 dead - no survivors)
RouteKola Inlet (23 Jan) - Akureyri, Iceland - USA 
History Completed in June 1917 as French Toulouse for Cie Francaise des Chemins de Fer de Paris-Orleans, Nantes. 1928 sold to Norway and renamed Aquila for A/S Aquila (A.I. Langfeldt & Co), Kristiansand. 1934 sold to the Soviet Union and renamed Ufa
Notes on event

At 05.47 hours on 29 Jan 1943, U-255 fired one torpedo at a steamer, identified as Myronich class freighter (2274 grt) and observed it sinking by the bow 25 minutes after being hit about 40 miles south-southwest of Bear Island. The ship had been missed with two torpedoes at 02.31 and 02.33 hours, possibly passing underneath the vessel. When the U-boat surfaced after five hours they still found survivors at the sinking position and tried to question them, but they only spoke Russian.

Two Soviet freighters went missing in the Barents Sea in January 1943 and both were apparently sunk by U-255. The second ship sunk was probably the Ufa (Master L.I. Patrikeev) that had left Kola Inlet on 23 January and was reported missing thereafter.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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