Italian submarine fates

Ships hit by Italian submarines


TypeCargo ship
CountryBritish British

Date of attack14 Feb 1941Time0436
FateSunk by submarine Michele Bianchi (C.C. Adalberto Giovannini)
Position of attack55° 16'N, 19° 07'W
Complement40 (40 dead, no survivors)
Notes At 0145 hours, Bianchi had just entered zone C, when a dark vessel was sighted steering on a NE course.

At 0322 hours, a single torpedo (450mm) was fired from a bow tube at a distance of 600 metres. It appeared to miss closely ahead or perhaps to have passed under. The submarine maneuvered to gain a more favourable position ahead.

This was the British Alnmoor (6,573 GRT, built 1922). She had sailed from Halifax on 31st January 1941 for Glasgow. She disappeared during that period, she was last heard of on 10th February in 51°26' N, 29°03' W.

At 0436 hours, a pair of torpedoes (533mm) were fired from bow tubes at a distance of 700 metres. The vessel was hit and sank, stern first, in 65 seconds.

Forty were killed, there were no survivors.

It has been suggested that it was the British Belcrest (4,517 GRT, built 1939), a straggler of convoy S.C.21, which sailed from Halifax on 31st January for Newport (UK) and would have likely passed south of Ireland. Belcrest was probably sunk by U-101 on 15th February 1941 and Holystone (5,462 GRT, 1927) by U-123. The latter had sailed from Oban for Halifax. (Special thanks to David Sibley for solving this case)

Position of attack

Ships hit by Italian submarines