Convoy battles


23 Feb 1943 - 23 Feb 1943

The Convoy3 ships
First sightingOn 23 Feb 1943 by U-371
EscortsTwo or three escorts, including HMS Felixstowe (J 126)


U-371* (Mehl)

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

The battle

On 22 Feb, 1943, a small coastal convoy consisting of the steamer Fintra, the coastal tanker Empire Bute and the ferry Empire Dace left Philippeville for Algiers, escorted by two or three escorts. The convoy carried the codename Ropsley and crossed the path of the submerged U-371, which immediately attacked with a full spread of four torpedoes and sank the Fintra. The U-boat evaded several depth charge attacks by HMS Felixstowe and escaped without damage, while the remaining ships of the convoy safely arrived in Algiers later that day.

Article compiled by Rainer Kolbicz

Ships hit from convoy Ropsley

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
23 Feb 1943U-371Waldemar Mehl Fintra2,089brA

1 ship sunk (2,089 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

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

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