Convoy battles


Sydney CB to UK (North Atlantic)

14 Aug 1942 - 16 Aug 1942

The Convoy
First sightingOn 14 Aug 1942 by U-705
EscortsAmerican escort group A-3 (Paul Heineman) consisting of Coast Guard cutter Spencer, four-stack destroyer Schenck and four Canadian and two British corvettes.


The battle

The convoy was spotted by the new outbound U-boat U-705 while joining wolf pack Lachs looking for westbound convoy ON-120. Only few boats managed to reach attack positions (U-705 sank one, U-605 missed freighter and U-256 also missed a freighter).

U-256 was shelled by an escort but escaped. Operations against SC-95 was surprisingly cancelled the next day in order to search for westbound (and thus empty) convoy ON-120.

Ships hit from convoy SC-95

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
15 Aug 1942U-705Karl-Horst Horn Balladier3,279amA
16 Aug 1942U-596Gunter Jahn Suecia4,966swB

2 ships sunk (8,245 tons).

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

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