Ships hit by U-boats

FFL Sergent Gouarne (P 43)

French A/S trawler

Photo courtesy of Bernard Legasse Collection

NameFFL Sergent Gouarne (P 43)
Type:A/S trawler
Tonnage1,147 tons
Completed1928 - H.C. Stülcken & Sohn, Hamburg 
OwnerFree French Navy 
HomeportLa Rochelle 
Date of attack26 Mar 1943Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-755 (Walter Göing)
Position36° 01'N, 2° 29'W - Grid CH 7551
Complement70 (56 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteOran (25 Mar) - Gibraltar 
History Completed in May 1928 as steam trawler Sergent Gouarne for Pêcheriesde, La Pallice. 1935 renamed Jacques Cartier, but the same year changed back to Sergent Gouarne for Cie Générale de Grande Pêche, La Rochelle. During the war requisioned by the Free French Navy and converted to the armed trawler FFL Sergent Gouarne (P 43)
Notes on event

At 02.07 hours on 26 March 1943, U-755 fired a spread of three torpedoes at a small French convoy about 25 miles northeast of Alboran Island and observed a hit in the bow of FFL Sergent Gouarne (P 43), which broke in two and sank within 90 seconds. The U-boat attacked the same convoy with another spread of three torpedoes at 04.13 hours and reported a hit after 12 minutes, but this was probably an end-of-run detonation. HMS Tartar (G 43) (Cdr St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) was detached from Force H to search for survivors, picked up 14 men in the evening and landed them at Oran.

On boardWe have details of 57 people who were on board

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