Convoy battles


6 Jul 1943 - 6 Jul 1943

The Convoy8 ships
First sightingOn 6 Jul 1943 by U-759
EscortsUS destroyer USS Tattnall (DD 125), US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Bronco (WYP 340) and four US patrol craft: USS PC-460, USS PC-470, USS PC-616 and USS PC-1253


U-759* (Kptlt. Rudolf Friedrich)

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

The battle

The convoy ZG-36 left Cristobal for Guantanamo on 3 July 1943, consisting of eight merchants with six escorts. The ships were attacked by U-759 east of Jamaica in a submerged daylight attack on 6 July, which torpedoed the Poelau Roebiah in station #31. The periscope of the U-boat was spotted by near the lifeboats of the ship and subsequently attacked with depth charges from an aircraft and USCGC Bronco, which then stood by the torpedoed ship until it sank, picked up most of the survivors and landed them at Kingston, Jamaica. USS PC-470 and USS PC-1253 remained in the vicinity to keep the U-boat submerged for some hours, the latter picking up 24 survivors before the patrol craft followed the convoy to Guantanamo, arriving on 7 July.

Article compiled by Rainer Kolbicz

Ships hit from convoy ZG-36

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
6 Jul 1943U-759Rudolf Friedrich Poelau Roebiah9,251nlA

1 ship sunk (9,251 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

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

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