Convoy battles


United Kingdom - Gibraltar (North Atlantic)

17 Aug 1941 - 23 Aug 1941

The Convoy22 ships
First sightingOn 17 Aug 1941 by U-201
EscortsSloop Leigh
destroyer RNoN Bath
corvettes Campala, Hydrangea, Bluebell, Campion, Wallflower and Zinnia A/S trawler Lord Nuffield

Addition from 20.8; destroyers Gurkha and Legion, from 21.8 destroyer Boreas.


U-75, U-559 *, U-204 *, U-83, U-106, U-201 *, U-564 * and U-552 *

* U-boats that fired torpedo or used the deck gun

The battle

Contact was lost from the 19th until the 21st, when Fw-200 locates it, when the shadower U-106 was driven off. But the U-boats establish contact on the 22nd by the U-201 and maintained until the 23rd.

8 ships are sunk for 13,225 tons, no additional ships are damaged. 2 escorts sunk.

Article compiled by Tom Linclau

Ships hit from convoy OG-71

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
19 Aug 1941U-204Walter Kell HNoMS Bath (I 17)1,060nwA
19 Aug 1941U-559Hans Heidtmann Alva1,584brB
19 Aug 1941U-201Adalbert Schnee Aguila3,255brC
19 Aug 1941U-201Adalbert Schnee Ciscar1,809brD
22 Aug 1941U-564Reinhard Suhren Clonlara1,203irE
22 Aug 1941U-564Reinhard Suhren Empire Oak484brF
23 Aug 1941U-201Adalbert Schnee Aldergrove1,974brG
23 Aug 1941U-201Adalbert Schnee Stork787brH
23 Aug 1941U-564Reinhard Suhren HMS Zinnia (K 98)900brI
23 Aug 1941U-552Erich Topp Spind2,129nwJ

10 ships sunk (15,185 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

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

Media links

The Cruel Sea Retold

Bernard Edwards
($ 14.90)

The Nightmare Convoy

Lund, Paul and Harry Ludlam

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