Ships hit by U-boats

HMS TLC-2 (A 2)

British Landing craft

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NameHMS TLC-2 (A 2)
Type:Landing craft (TLC Mk.I)
Tonnage372 tons
Completed1940 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack12 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-75 (Helmuth Ringelmann)
Position32° 08'N, 24° 56'E - Grid CO 6779
Complement16 officers and men (16 dead - no survivors)
RouteTobruk (11 Oct) - Mersa Matruh 
History Completed in December 1940

On 10 Oct 1941, U-331 (von Tiesenhausen) fought a gun duel with the three landing craft HMS TLC-2 (A 2), HMS TLC-7 (A 7) and HMS TLC-18 (A 18) near Ashila Rocks off Sidi Barrani. The latter vessel was forced to return to Mersa Matruh, while the other two continued to Tobruk.

Notes on event

At 00.05 hours on 12 Oct 1941, U-75 began shelling HMS TLC-2 (A 2) (SubLt E.L. Clark, DSC, DSM, RNVR) and HMS TLC-7 (A 7) (SubLt A.C. Bromley, RNVR). The U-boat had followed the ships since they left Tobruk and attacked from astern, scoring several hits on both vessesl, but was forced to dive by return fire and due to malfunctions at the 20mm AA gun and MG34 machine gun. At 01.24 hours, HMS TLC-2 (A 2) was hit by a torpedo and lost her bow, but did not sink. The other landing craft had been disabled by gunfire and missed by a torpedo that passed underneath at 01.49 hours. Ringelmann then decided to finish off both vessels by gunfire, surfaced and shelled the first landing craft that sank in flames at 02.34 hours. They then shelled HMS TLC-7 (A 7), which sank at 07.00 hours.

The commander, Skipper J.C. Norton, RNR and 14 ratings were lost.

On boardWe have details of 16 people who were on board

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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