Ships hit by U-boats

Jean Jadot

Belgian Steam merchant

NameJean Jadot
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,859 tons
Completed1929 - Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges., Flensburg 
OwnerCompagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp 
Date of attack20 Jan 1943Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-453 (Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach)
Position36° 33'N, 0° 46'E - Grid CH 8521
Complement414 (15 dead and 399 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Clyde - Algiers 
CargoTroops, motor transport, gasoline and four tanks as deck cargo 
History Completed in June 1929 
Notes on event

Between 16.33 and 16.35 hours on 20 Jan 1943, U-453 fired four torpedoes at convoy KMS-7 about 30 miles west of Cape Ténès and heard three detonations and one ship sinking. The only ship hit was the Jean Jadot (Master J. Prié) which sank after 15 minutes. The ship carried 80 crew members (36 Belgians), 19 officers and 304 ratings of the British Army and 11 gunners. Six crew members and nine soldiers were lost. 250 survivors were picked up by HMS Verity (D 63) (LtCdr R. Horncastle, RN) and the remaining men by the French trawler Duguay-Trouin.

On boardWe have details of 80 people who were on board

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