Ships hit by U-boats

Belgian Soldier

Belgian Steam merchant

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NameBelgian Soldier
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,167 tons
Completed1941 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBelgian Government 
Date of attack4 Aug 1942Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-607 (Ernst Mengersen)
Position45° 52'N, 47° 13'W - Grid BC 5746
Complement60 (21 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoyON-115 (straggler)
RouteGlasgow - USA 
History Built as British Empire Selwyn for MoWT 1942 sold to Belgian Government and renamed Belgian Soldier 
Notes on event

At 04.01 hours on 3 Aug 1942, U-553 (Thurmann) attacked convoy ON-115 and damaged the Belgian Soldier (Master H. Sanglier). The ship then fell out of convoy and was sunk by a coup de grĂ¢ce from U-607 at 02.29 hours on 4 August. 21 men were lost from 53 crew members (24 Belgians) and seven gunners.

On boardWe have details of 53 people who were on board

Attack entries for Belgian Soldier

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
3 Aug 1942U-553KrvKpt. Karl ThurmannDamaged7,167  
4 Aug 1942U-607Kptlt. Ernst MengersenSunk7,167  

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