British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow|
|Owner||Maclay & McIntyre Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||1 May 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-181 (Kurt Freiwald)|
|Position||18° 14'S, 20° 00'W - Grid FS 5931|
|Complement||48 (14 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||Algiers - Gibraltar (15 Apr) - Rio de Janeiro - River Plate|
|History||Completed in November 1929 |
|Notes on event|
At 04.11 hours on 1 May 1944 the unescorted Janeta (Master John Cameron) was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 about 900 miles south by west of Ascension Island. The U-boat misidentified the ship as Banavon. Ten crew members and four gunners were lost. The master, 30 crew members and three gunners were rescued: On 12 May ten survivors in the boat in charge of the third officer were picked up by USS Alger (DE 101) after being spotted by aircraft and landed at Bahia. 15 more survivors were picked up by the Swedish motor merchant Freja about 150 miles south of Bahia on 14 May and landed at Rio de Janerio. The boat in charge of the master with nine occupants made landfall near Belmonte on 17 May and eventually reached Bahia aboard a small coaster on 20 May.
|On board||We have details of 18 people who were on board.|
If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.