Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Walter Andersen

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,799 tons
Completed1939 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerS. Holter-Sørensen, Oslo 
Date of attack23 Apr 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateDamaged by U-752 (Karl-Ernst Schroeter)
Position39° 10'N, 72° 00'W - Grid CA 5394
Complement? men (1 dead and ? survivors).
RouteSantos (6 Apr) - New York 
History Completed in June 1939

1965 sold to Bulgaria and renamed Topaz for Bulet State Economic Enterprise. 1968 sold to Greece and renamed Eleni for V. Hadji Ioannou. Broken up at Karachi in January 1973. 
Notes on event

At 11.20 hours on 23 April 1942 the unescorted Reinholt (Master Hans Nielsen) was attacked by U-752 with gunfire for about 20 minutes. The U-boat fired about 40 rounds of which 20-25 hit, but had then to break off the attack because two destroyers were spotted. The merchant had returned fire with 14 rounds from the stern gun without hitting. One man was killed and two were injured, which were transferred after about seven hours to a destroyer and were brought to a hospital in Brooklyn. The Reinholt had caught fire which was brought under control by the crew after 20 minutes, assisted by USS Rhind (DD 404) and reached New York the next day. She was repaired and returned to service after 17 days.

The master was awarded the Krigskorset, the highest Norwegian war medal. 15 other men received Krigsmedaljen.

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