Ships hit by U-boats

HMS TLC-18 (A 18)

British Landing craft

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NameHMS TLC-18 (A 18)
Type:Landing craft (TLC Mk.I)
Tonnage372 tons
Completed1940 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack10 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-331 (Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen)
Position32° 10'N, 26° 42'E - Grid CO 9265
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteMersa Matruh - Tobruk 
History At 23.54 hours on 18 Oct 1941, U-79 (Kaufmann) fired a spread of four torpedoes at the British tug C-307, towing the British landing craft HMS TLC-13 (A 13), HMS TLC-17 (A 17) and HMS TLC-18 (A 18) in 32°10N/24°18E. Kaufmann observed a heavy detonation on a landing craft, which was not seen again, but apparently the torpedoes missed.
It is possible that U-559 (Heidtmann) had fired a spread of four torpedoes at the same towing convoy two hours earlier, at 21.44 hours in 32°40N/35°34E. Heidtmann observed a hit after 3 minutes 27 seconds on an escort vessel accompanying three barges, but this is not confirmed by Allied reports. 
Notes on event

At 04.02 and 04.17 hours on 10 Oct 1941, U-331 fired one torpedo at the three landing craft HMS TLC-2 (A 2) (SubLt E.L. Clark, RNVR), HMS TLC-7 (A 7) (SubLt A.C. Bromley, RNVR) and HMS TLC-18 (A 18) (SubLt L.D. Peters, RNVR) near Ashila Rocks off Sidi Barrani. After the torpedoes missed, the U-boat began a gun duel and missed the vessels with another torpedo at 04.39 hours. HMS TLC-18 (A 18) was slightly damaged by gunfire, wounding the navigator SubLt G.S. Sinclair, RNR and forcing the vessel to return to Mersa Matruh.

The U-boat broke off the attack after being hit by some 40mm shells, which wounded two men of the gun crew and damaged the conning tower. Bootsmann Hans Gerstenich later died of wounds.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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