Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,197 tons
Completed1936 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Jun 1943Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-126 (Siegfried Kietz)
Position7° 25'N, 13° 26'W - Grid ET 6246
Complement72 (0 dead and 72 survivors).
ConvoyTS-42 (straggler)
RouteMarschall, Liberia (1 Jun) - Freetown 
History Completed in April 1936

At 11.54 and 11.55 hours on 14 Aug 1942, U-598 (Holtorf) fired two spreads of two torpedoes at the convoy TAW-12J northwest of Barlovento Point, Cuba and reported misses. At 11.57 hours, the stern torpedo was fired and a detonation was heard. No other U-boat attacked at this time, so the first spread must have hit the Michael Jebsen, which sank immediately. One torpedo of the second spread damaged the Standella, after missing the ship of the convoy commodore, the Empire Corporal, which was then sunk by the stern torpedo.
The Standella was en route from Curaçao to Reykjavik with a cargo of oil and spirits, when she was torpedoed in 21°41N/76°09W. Six of the 58 crew members on board were killed.

Broken up at Hong Kong in September 1959. 
Notes on event

At 07.34 hours on 2 June 1943 the Standella, a straggler from convoy TS-42, was hit by two torpedoes from U-126 off Freetown and escaped because a destroyer chased away the U-boat with artillery and depth charges. The damaged tanker reached Freetown the same day and left the harbour after temporary repairs on 15 June for permanent repairs at Dakar.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

Attack entries for Standella

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
14 Aug 1942U-598Oblt. Gottfried HoltorfDamaged6,197  
2 Jun 1943U-126Oblt. Siegfried KietzDamaged6,197  

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