Convoy battles


Beira, Mozambique - Capetown, South Africa (Indian Ocean)

1 Aug 1943 - 1 Aug 1943

The Convoy4 ships
First sightingOn 1 Aug 1943 by U-198
EscortsBritish corvettes HMS Freesia (K 43) and HMS Rockrose (K 51) and three armed trawlers



The battle

The convoy BC-2 left Beira on 31 July and was spotted the next day by U-198. The U-boat fired two torpedoes in a first attack, but missed. At 18.51 hours, the U-boat fired its last torpedo, which hit one freighter after 4 minutes and 10 seconds, an impressive 5000 metres away.

Article compiled by Rainer Kolbicz

Ships hit from convoy BC-2

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
1 Aug 1943U-198Werner Hartmann Mangkalihat8,457nlA

1 ship sunk (8,457 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

This was the only convoy on route BC hit by U-boats in the war.

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