Convoy battles


Liverpool - Outward (North America) (North Atlantic)

17 Sep 1940 - 18 Sep 1940

The Convoy19 ships
First sightingOn 17 Sep 1940 by U-48


U-48 (Bleichrodt)

The battle

At 10.02 hours on 17 Sep, 1940, U-48 spotted the convoy OB-213, which had stopped zigzagging due to bad weather. Bleichrodt followed and attacked at 23.45 hours, but both torpedoes fired at the City of Benares missed. Another torpedo fired at 00.01 hours on 18 September sank the ship. Six minutes later, the Marina was sunk with the fourth bow torpedo. The stern torpedo was fired at 00.27 hours at a tanker, but the ship saw the U-boat, changed course and escaped. U-48 had to reload torpedoes and lost the convoy.

Article compiled by Rainer Kolbicz

Ships hit from convoy OB-213

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
18 Sep 1940U-48Heinrich Bleichrodt City of Benares11,081brA
18 Sep 1940U-48Heinrich Bleichrodt Marina5,088brB

2 ships sunk (16,169 tons).

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74 convoys on route OB were hit by U-boats in the war. Read more about them.

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