Ships hit by U-boats

Putney Hill

British Motor merchant

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Alan Shard

NamePutney Hill
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,216 tons
Completed1940 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerCounties Ship Management Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack26 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-203 (Rolf M├╝tzelburg)
Position24° 20'N, 63° 16'W - Grid DO 3862
Complement38 (3 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteHaifa - Capetown (1 Jun) - New York 
Notes on event

At 05.44 hours on 26 June 1942 the unescorted Putney Hill (Master Donald McWilliam Hughson) was hit by one torpedo from U-203 about 450 miles east-northeast of Puerto Rico. The U-boat then sank the ship with 53 rounds from the deck gun. Two crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 29 crew members and five gunners were picked up after ten days by HMS Saxifrage (K 04) (LtCdr R.P. Chapman) and landed at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

On boardWe have details of 38 people who were on board

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