TS-37Takoradi to Sierra Leone (South Atlantic)
30 Apr 1943 - 1 May 1943
|The Convoy||18 ships|
|First sighting||On 30 Apr 1943 by U-515|
|Escorts||One Corvette and 3 armed trawlers.|
The convoy leaves Takoradi on the 18th and during the following days the corvette picks up a lot of radio signals from U-boats operating in the vicinity. She does however not send a distress signal but keeps radio silence. A request for urgent reinforcement is signalled by the Aldis-lamp to a passing Hudson patrol aircraft. But the pilot makes only a routine rapport on his return and so the call for help is lost.
This proves to be fatal when U-515, commanded by one of the most experienced U-boat officers, makes contact in the late afternoon of the 30th and attacks at dusk. In three approaches she sinks 4 ships before midnight and another 3 in the morning. After the second attack the escort is reinforced by three destroyers coming from Freetown. U-515 breaks off the fight.
Article compiled by Tom Linclau
Ships hit from convoy TS-37
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.|
|30 Apr 1943||U-515||Werner Henke||Corabella||5,682||br|
|30 Apr 1943||U-515||Werner Henke||Bandar Shahpour||5,236||br|
|30 Apr 1943||U-515||Werner Henke||Kota Tjandi||7,295||nl|
|30 Apr 1943||U-515||Werner Henke||Nagina||6,551||br|
|1 May 1943||U-515||Werner Henke||City of Singapore||6,555||br|
|1 May 1943||U-515||Werner Henke||Clan Macpherson||6,940||br|
|1 May 1943||U-515||Werner Henke||Mokambo||4,996||be|
7 ships sunk (43,255 tons).