Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,906 tons
Completed1939 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerHall Brothers SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack18 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-563 (Götz von Hartmann)
Position44° 35'N, 16° 28'W - Grid BE 8691
Complement56 (1 dead and 55 survivors).
ConvoyMKS-3Y (straggler)
RoutePhilippeville - Algiers (9 Dec) - Belfast 
History Completed in March 1939 
Notes on event

On 18 Dec 1942 the unescorted Bretwalda (Master William Stanley Dunstan), a straggler from convoy MKS-3Y, was torpedoed and sunk by U-563 about 330 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre. One gunner was lost. The master, 39 crew members and 15 gunners were picked up by ORP Krakowiak (L 115) (KptMar J. Tchorznicki, ORP) and landed at Milford Haven on 22 December.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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