Ships hit by U-boats

Warwick Castle

British Troop transport

NameWarwick Castle
Type:Troop transport
Tonnage20,107 tons (one of the largest ships sunk).
Completed1930 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerUnion-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack14 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-413 (Gustav Poel)
Position39° 12'N, 13° 25'W - Grid CG 4546
Complement462 (96 dead and 366 survivors).
RouteGibraltar (11 Nov) - Glasgow 
History Completed in January 1931 as motor passenger ship for Union-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London. In Sepember 1939 requistioned by the Admiralty as troopship. 
Notes on event

At 08.44 hours on 14 Nov 1942 the Warwick Castle (Master Henry Richard Leepman-Shaw) in convoy MKF-1X was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-413 about 200 miles northwest of Cape Espichel, Portugal. The U-boat hit her with two coups de grĂ¢ce at 08.57 hours, that caused the ship to sink about one hour later. The master, 61 crew members and 34 service personnel were lost. 201 crew members, 29 gunners, 5 naval personnel and 131 service personnel were picked up by HMS Achates (H 12) (LtCdr A.H.T. Johns, DSO, RN), HMS Vansittart (D 64) (LtCdr T. Johnston, DSC, RN), HMCS Louisburg (K 143) (LtCdr W.F. Campbell, RCNVR) and the British motor merchant Leinster and landed at Greenock.

The Warwick Castle had been in convoy KMF-1 for Operation Torch and landed her troops on 10 November.

On boardWe have details of 81 people who were on board

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