Italian submarine fates
Ships hit by Italian submarines
|Date of attack||17 Apr 1943||Time||1230?|
|Fate||Sunk by submarine Leonardo da Vinci (T.V. Gianfranco Gazzana Priaroggia)|
|Position of attack||32° 30'S, 35° 10'E|
|Complement||86 (85 dead and 1 survivor)|
|Notes||At 1130B hours, the Dutch Sembilan (6,633 GRT, built 1922), carrying ammunition and LCP-780 and LCP-782 from Glasgow to Durban, was torpedoed and sunk by Leonardo Da Vinci. |
The crew of 86 was made up of 28 Dutch, 11 British (2 Telegraphists and 9 gunners), 1 Polish engineer, 38 from British-India and 8 from the Dutch East Indies. There was only one survivor, an Indian lascar named Shamshen, who was picked up by the Da Vinci. He had a broken leg and was transferred to a Manaar lifeboat when this vessel was herself sunk the following day. Survivors of Manaar and the only survivor of Sembilan, were picked up on 29th April 1943.