Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1927 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö|
|Owner||A.F. Klaveness & Co A/S, Oslo|
|Date of attack||21 Feb 1943||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-603 (Hans-Joachim Bertelsmann)|
|Position||49° 26'N, 29° 08'W - Grid BD 2925|
|Complement||37 (3 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||Manchester - Liverpool (11 Feb) - New York|
|History||Completed in August 1927 |
|Notes on event|
At 16.59 hours on 21 Feb 1943 the Stigstad (Master Odd Pettersen) was hit on the starboard side by one torpedo from U-332 (Hüttemann) near tank #16. The ship had been in convoy ON-166 and was straggling since encountering a heavy storm. Only six minutes later, the tanker was hit amidships and in the engine room on the starboard side by two of four torpedoes from U-603 (Bertelsmann) and sank within 15 minutes. The 34 survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat and were questioned by Hüttemann, who provided them with food supplies that he requested from the other U-boat just for the survivors.
On 7 March, the survivors in the lifeboat were picked up by the British fishing trawler Thomas Boot (Skipper A. Howie) in 52°30N/12°08W about 60 miles northwest of Valentia Island, Ireland. The next day, they were landed in Valentia where six men were admitted to a hospital.
|On board||We have details of 37 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Stigstad
|21 Feb 1943||U-332||Oblt. Eberhard Hüttemann||Damaged||5,964|
|21 Feb 1943||U-603||Oblt. Hans-Joachim Bertelsmann||Sunk||5,964|
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