Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,409 tons
Completed1928 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerPeder Smedvig, Stavanger 
Date of attack23 Feb 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-603 (Hans-Joachim Bertelsmann)
Position47° 00'N, 36° 20'W - Grid BD 4583
Complement37 (3 dead and 34 survivors).
ConvoyON-166 (straggler)
RouteManchester - Liverpool (11 Feb) - New York - Beaumont 
CargoBallast and 600 tons of fuel oil for the convoy escorts 
History Completed in June 1928 
Notes on event

At 07.14 hours on 23 Feb 1943, U-628 (Hasenschar) fired a spread of two FAT torpedoes at convoy ON-166. One torpedo damaged Winkler in station #63, which was later sunk by U-223 (Wächter) and the other hit the Glittre in station #75, which was later sunk by U-603.

The Glittre (Master Ivar Kvadsheim) was struck on the port side in the engine room, settled by the stern and abandoned by the crew after 20 minutes in two lifeboats. Two men on watch below and the cook in his cabin were killed by the explosion. At 08.42 hours, the wreck sank after being hit by two coups de grâce from U-603. The other torpedoed ship offered to pick up the survivors but they wisely refused. The master, 28 crew members and five gunners were picked up after about three hours by HMS Dianthus (K 95) (T/A/LtCdr N.F. Israel, RNR) and landed at St. Johns on 26 February.

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On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

Attack entries for Glittre

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
23 Feb 1943U-628Oblt. Heinrich HasenscharDamaged6,409  
23 Feb 1943U-603Oblt. Hans-Joachim BertelsmannSunk6,409  

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