Ships hit by U-boats

HNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83)

Dutch Destroyer

NameHNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83)
Type:Destroyer (Gerard Callenburgh)
Tonnage1,628 tons
Completed1941 - NV Konmij. Scheepsbouw-en Werktuigenfabriek ´De Schelde´, Vlissingen 
OwnerRoyal Netherlands Navy 
Date of attack13 Nov 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-431 (Wilhelm Dommes)
Position37° 23'N, 2° 12'E - Grid CH 8324
Complement194 officers and men (108 dead and 86 survivors).
History On 10 May 1940 the incomplete HNMS Isaac Sweers was towed to England by the Dutch tug Zwarte Zee, arriving the next day on the Downs and one 12 May in Spithead to be completed in May 1941 at the John I. Thornycroft Dockyard, Southampton. 
Notes on event

In the evening of 12 Nov 1942, HNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83) (Capt W. Harmsen) refueled at sea from a fleet oiler of the Force R (two oilers and four armed trawlers). She was ordered to cover the oilers until the morning and then return to the Force H. At 06.15 hours on 13 November, the destroyer was hit by two torpedoes from U-431 on the starboard side. One torpedo struck a oil tank, spreading burning oil over the ship and the water. The second torpedo hit the longroom and officers quarters, killing all 13 officers sleeping there. The survivors were picked up by HMS Loch Oskaig (FY 175), which also tried to get alongside the burning ship but had to abandon the plan due to the heavy fires and exploding ammunition.

In the same attack, U-431 reported one hit on a tanker, but the torpedo missed the fleet oiler Dingledale (8100 grt).

On boardWe have details of 105 people who were on board

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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