British Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||E.R. Management Co Ltd, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||27 Jun 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)|
|Position||25.43N, 22.47W - Grid DT 2626|
|Complement||44 (32 dead and 12 survivors).|
|Route||Pepel - Freetown (18 Jun) - Middlesbrough|
|Cargo||7600 tons of iron ore|
|History||Completed in April 1921 as French P.L.M. 22 for Société Maritime de Transports et d'Affrètements, Rouen. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on loss|
At 23.57, 23.58 and 24.00 hours on 27 Jun, 1941, U-123 fired one torpedo each at three ships in convoy SL-78 from between the columns west-southwest of the Canary Islands. The first torpedo sank P.L.M. 22, the second the Oberon and the third missed the intended target, but was thought to have hit another ship in the convoy.
The master and 31 crew members from P.L.M. 22 (Master Yves Le Bitter, MM and Chevalier du Mérite Maritime) were lost. Ten crew members and two French naval gunners were picked up by HMS Armeria (K 187) (A/T/LtCdr H.N. Russell, DSC, RNR), transferred to HMS Asphodel (K 56) (LtCdr K.W. Stewart, RN (retired)) and landed at Freetown on 4 July.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 33 people who were on this vessel|
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