British Motor merchant
|Completed||1943 - Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Dodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||3 Jan 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-744 (Heinz Blischke)|
|Position||60.50N, 22.07W - Grid AE 7877|
|Complement||46 (1 dead and 45 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne - Loch Ewe (24 Dec) - New York|
|History||Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on loss|
On 30 Dec, 1943, U-545 (Mannesmann) fired four torpedoes at the convoy ON-217 in 60°30N/24°35W and heard four detonations. Mannesmann claimed hits on four ships and observed one ship sinking on 1 January. However, the only ship hit was Empire Housman (Master David John Lewis), which did not sink after this attack.
At 03.55 hours on 3 Jan, 1944, the Empire Housman, now straggling from the convoy, was hit by two torpedoes from U-744 and foundered two days later. One crew member was lost. The master, 37 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by HMS Elm (T 105) (Lt K.A. Grant) and HMS Earner (W 143) and landed at Reykjavik.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 2 people who were on this vessel|
Attack entries for Empire Housman
|30 Dec 1943||U-545||Gert Mannesmann||Damaged||7,359|
|3 Jan 1944||U-744||Oblt. Heinz Blischke||Sunk||7,359|
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