Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,968 tons
Completed1918 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington DE 
OwnerP. Kleppe, Oslo 
Date of attack31 Oct 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-262 (Rudolf Heinz Franke)
Position46° 05'N, 20° 26'W - Grid BE 5715
Complement34 (31 dead and 3 survivors).
RouteHuelva - Freetown (13 Oct) - Ardrossan 
CargoCopper ore 
History Launched as Pilón, completed as Garibaldi 1925 renamed Catherine Weems 1928 renamed American Fairfield for Seas Shipping Co Inc, New York; 1939 sold to Norway and renamed Hallfried

In March 1943, the Hallfried was in convoy SC-121, which was heavy attacked by the U-boats, but safely reached Britain. 

Notes on event

At 09.25 hours on 31 Oct 1943, U-262 fired two T-3 and two FAT torpedoes at the combined convoy MKS-28/SL-138 (combined since 24 Oct) and heard four detonations. The U-boat also fired one Gnat at a destroyer, a detonation was heard after 6 minutes 30 seconds and sinking noises. Franke claimed one steamer and one destroyer sunk and another steamer damaged.
In fact, only the Hallfried in station #24 of convoy SL-138 was hit by two torpedoes on the port side. The first struck forward of the bridge and the second sank the vessel immediately. Only three able seamen survived and were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Wrestler.

On boardWe have details of 33 people who were on board

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