Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,752 tons
Completed1927 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack6 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Sch├╝tze)
Position8° 43'N, 17° 13'W - Grid ET 2485
Complement47 (8 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoyOB-310 (dispersed)
RouteGlasgow - Opobo, Nigeria 
Cargo3248 tons of general cargo and 868 tons of government stores 
History Completed in August 1927 
Notes on event

At 17.17 hours on 6 May 1941 the Dunkwa (Master John William Andrew), dispersed from convoy OB-310, was hit aft by one stern torpedo from U-103 and sank within 8 minutes 216 miles west-northwest of Freetown. Five crew members and three gunners were lost. The Germans noticed that the 39 survivors were in only one overcrowded lifeboat, so they righted a swamped lifeboat and provided water to the survivors. The master, 37 crew members and one gunner were picked up by the Polydorus and landed at Oban.

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