John P. Pedersen
Norwegian Motor tanker
|Name||John P. Pedersen|
|Completed||1930 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||Helmer Staubo & Co, Oslo|
|Date of attack||20 May 1941||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-94 (Herbert Kuppisch)|
|Position||57° 00'N, 41° 00'W - Grid AJ 3454|
|Complement||38 (22 dead and 16 survivors).|
|Route||Curaçao - Halifax (10 May) - Clyde|
|Cargo||9100 tons of Admiralty fuel oil|
|History||Completed in September 1930. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary. |
|Notes on event|
At 18.17 hours on 20 May 1941 the John P. Pedersen (Master Hans A. Nilsen), dispersed from convoy HX-126 the same day, was torpedoed by U-94 about 160 miles south of Greenland. One British gunner was lost and 37 survivors abandoned ship in two lifeboats. The tanker was sunk by the U-boat with two coups de grâce fired at 18.50 and 19.20 hours. 16 survivors in one boat were picked up by the Dutch rescue ship Hontestroom on 23 May and taken to Reykjavik. Four of them joined the Norwegian Navy there, while eight continued to Gourock on board the Dutch vessel. Another three were sent to Preston, while one was briefly admitted to a hospital at Reykjavik. The other lifeboat with 21 survivors, including the master, was never found.
|On board||We have details of 38 people who were on board.|
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