Ships hit by U-boats

Krasnyj Partizan

Soviet Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Dmitriy A. Sidorov

NameKrasnyj Partizan
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,418 tons
Completed1927 - Zavod No 189 (Ordzhonikidze), Leningrad 
OwnerDalnevostochnoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (DGMP), Vladivostok 
Date of attack26 Jan 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-255 (Reinhart Reche)
Position73° 45'N, 17° 30'E - Grid AC 6751
Complement51 (51 dead - no survivors)
RouteMurmansk (23 Jan) - Akureyri, Iceland - USA 
History Completed in September 1927 as Gregori Zinoviev. 1933 renamed Krasnyj Partizan for Dalnevostochnoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (DGMP), Vladivostok. 
Notes on event

At 11.00 hours on 26 Jan 1943, U-255 sank an iced up steamer with two torpedoes west of the Bear Island. The ship had just escaped the chasing U-625 (Benker) when it was torpedoed by the other U-boat, which surfaced after the attack and tried to question the survivors in one lifeboat. They only spoke Russian and could not be understand.

Two Soviet freighters went missing in the Barents Sea in January 1943 and both were apparently sunk by U-255. The first sunk was probably Krasnyj Partizan (Master A.F. Belov) that had left the Kola Inlet on 24 January and went missing thereafter. The last radio message was received on 26 January, reporting an air attack near Bear Island.

On boardWe have details of 51 people who were on board

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