Ships hit by U-boats


Louis Kossuth

American Steam merchant


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NameLouis Kossuth
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,176 tons
Completed1943 - Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards Inc, Baltimore MD 
OwnerA.H. Bull & Co Inc, New York 
HomeportBaltimore 
Date of attack23 Aug 1944Nationality:      American
 
FateDamaged by U-989 (Hardo Rodler von Roithberg)
Position50° 16'N, 1° 41'W - Grid BF 3512
Complement402 (0 dead and 402 survivors).
ConvoyEPM-42
RouteSouthampton - Utah Beachhead, Normandy 
CargoTroops and vehicles 
History Completed December 1943

Post-war:
Broken up at Baltimore in September 1959. 
Notes on event

At 12.30 hours on 23 Aug 1944 U-989 fired a spread of three LUT torpedoes at convoy EPM-42, heard a detonation after 4 minutes 11 seconds and observed a ship stopping. The Louis Kossuth (Master Carl Norman) was hit by one torpedo in the stern on the starboard side. The explosion blew away the rudder and propeller, caused extensive structural damage and injured 13 soldiers, but the ship remained afloat and was towed to Cowes by the British tug Empire Winnie the next day. The eight officers, 32 crewmen, 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) and 334 troops did not abandon ship.

On 10 Dec 1944 the Louis Kossuth left the UK after repairs in convoy ON-271 and arrived New York on 28 December.

 
On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

ship damaged.


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