Ships hit by U-boats


British Troop transport

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Troop transport
Tonnage8,131 tons
Completed1928 - William Denny & Brothers Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerP. Henderson & Co, Glasgow 
Date of attack17 Jun 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-81 (Johann-Otto Krieg)
Position33° 03'N, 22° 04'E - Grid CO 5498
Complement1961 (484 dead and 1477 survivors).
RouteSfax - Tripoli (16 Jun) - Alexandria - Port Said 
History Completed in October 1928 
Notes on event

At 07.33 hours on 17 June 1943 the Yoma (Master George Patterson) in convoy GTX-2 was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-81 and sank after about eight hours northwest of Derna. The ship carried 134 officers and 994 ratings of the British Army and 22 officers and 643 ratings of the Free French Navy. The master, 29 crew members, three gunners and 451 military personnel were lost. 130 crew members, five gunners and the surviving military personnel were picked up by HMAS Lismore (J 145) (Lt L.C.G. Lever), HMAS Gawler (J 188) (LtCdr W.J. Seymour, RN), the British coastal minesweepers HMS MMS-102 (SubLt R.L. Simpson, RNZNVR) and HMS MMS-105 (Lt W. Henderson) and the British steam merchant Fort Maurepas and landed at Derna.

On boardWe have details of 83 people who were on board

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