Ships hit by U-boats


French Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage2,357 tons
Completed1930 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerCompagnie de Navigation Paquet, Marseilles 
Date of attack9 Apr 1943Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position14° 57'N, 17° 15'W - Grid EK 4633
Complement? men (17 dead and ? survivors).
RouteFreetown (30 Mar) - Dakar (8 Apr) - Saint-Etienne - Casablanca - Algeria 
Cargo2800 tons of coffee 
History Completed in May 1930 
Notes on event

At 02.34 hours on 9 April 1943 the Bamako (Master Henri Bouchaud), escorted by La Gracieuse, was hit by two stern torpedoes from U-515, capsized and sank very fast about 15 miles north-northeast of Dakar. The U-boat had observed the harbor of Dakar since 6 April, followed the two ships when they left port and retreated northwards on the surface after carrying out the torpedo attack. La Gracieuse dropped depth charges without being able to locate the attacker and then searched in vain together with HMS ML-1044 and HMS ML-1141, which were sent to assist from the nearby harbor.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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