Ships hit by U-boats

Belgian Airman

Belgian Steam merchant

NameBelgian Airman
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,959 tons
Completed1942 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerBelgian Government 
Date of attack14 Apr 1945Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-857 (Rudolf Premauer)
Position36° 09'N, 74° 05'W
Complement47 (1 dead and 46 survivors).
RouteHouston - New York - Antwerp 
CargoSorghum in bulk and dairy feed in bags 
History Completed in February 1942 as British Empire Ballantyne for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), later that year transferred to the Belgian Government and renamed Belgian Airman
Notes on event

On 14 April 1945 the unescorted Belgian Airman (Master E. Cailloux) was torpedoed and sunk by U-857 about 70 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras. One man was killed of the 41 crew members and six gunners on board. The survivors were picked up by the American Liberty ship Harold A. Jordan.

It is also possible that U-879 (Manchen) torpedoed this ship, but both U-boats were lost during April 1945 in that area and this success can not be definitely assigned to one of the boats.

On boardWe have details of 47 people who were on board

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