British Steam merchant
|Completed||1927 - Napier & Miller Ltd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow|
|Owner||Court Line Ltd (Haldin & Philipps Ltd), London|
|Date of attack||18 Sep 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-32 (Paul Büchel)|
|Position||50° 31'N, 8° 27'W - Grid BF 1341|
|Complement||35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).|
|Route||Rosario - Birkenhead|
|Cargo||8000 tons of cereals|
|History||Completed in May 1927 |
|Notes on event|
At 12.38 hours on 18 Sep 1939 the unescorted Kensington Court (Master Joseph Schofield) was stopped by U-32 with 13 shots of gunfire about 120 miles west of Lands End. The ship was sunk by a coup de grâce at 14.00 hours. The master and 34 crew members were rescued by a Sunderland aircraft (228 Sqn RAF, pilot F/Lt Thurston M.W. Smith) and the Sunderland L5802 (204 Sqn RAF/E, pilot F/Lt John Barrett). On 2 November, each pilot was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for their feat.
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