Ships hit by U-boats


HMS TLC-7 (A 7)

British Landing craft


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NameHMS TLC-7 (A 7)
Type:Landing craft (TLC Mk.I)
Tonnage372 tons
Completed1940 - Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack12 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-75 (Helmuth Ringelmann)
Position32.08N, 24.56E - Grid CO 6779
Complement22 officers and men (21 dead and 1 survivor).
Convoy
RouteTobruk (11 Oct) - Mersa Matruh 
Cargo 
History Completed in December 1940 
Notes on event

At 00.05 hours on 12 Oct, 1941, U-75 began shelling HMS TLC-2 (A 2) (SubLt E.L. Clark, DSC, DSM, RNVR) and HMS TLC-7 (A 7) (SubLt A.C. Bromley, RNVR). The U-boat had followed the ships since they left Tobruk and attacked from astern, scoring several hits on both vessel, but was forced to dive by return fire and due to malfunctions at the 20mm AA gun and MG34 machine gun. At 01.24 hours, HMS TLC-2 (A 2) was hit by a torpedo and lost her bow, but did not sink. The other landing craft had been disabled by gunfire and missed by a torpedo that passed underneath at 01.49 hours. Ringelmann then decided to finish off both vessels by gunfire, surfaced and shelled the first landing craft that sank in flames at 02.34 hours. They then shelled HMS TLC-7 (A 7), which sank at 07.00 hours.

The commander, T/Skipper J.R. Peel, RNR, twelve ratings and seven passengers (an officer of the Royal Engineers, four Australian soldiers and two Italian prisoners of war) were lost. The only survivor (A/PO W.A. Henley, DSM) was picked up the next night by the U-boat and taken prisoner. He was landed at Salamis on 2 November and later brought to Germany.

 
On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS TLC-7 (A 7).

ship sunk.


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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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