Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Banner

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Banner
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,699 tons
Completed1942 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerW.T. Gould & Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack7 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-77 (Otto Hartmann)
Position36° 48'N, 1° 32'E - Grid CH 8190
Complement72 (0 dead and 72 survivors).
RoutePenarth - Bona 
Cargo3800 tons of military supplies, including tanks and transport 
History Completed in September 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 02.00 hours on 7 Feb 1943, U-77 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy KMS-8 west of Algiers and sank the ships in station #13 and #14, the Empire Webster and Empire Banner.

The master, 46 crew members, 15 gunners and ten passengers (Army personnel) from the Empire Banner (Master Jeffrey James Bedford, OBE) were picked up by HMCS Camrose (K 154) (T/Lt L.R. Pavillard, RCNVR) and landed at Algiers.

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