Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,760 tons
Completed1918 - NV Mij voor Scheeps-en Werktuigbouw ´Fyenoord´, Rotterdam 
OwnerKoninklijke Java-China-Japan Lijn NV, Amsterdam 
Date of attack29 Nov 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)
Position5° 34'N, 25° 02'W - Grid ES 7693
Complement62 (62 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyON-145 (dispersed)
RouteSwansea (7 Nov) - Belfast Lough (10 Nov) - Bahia - Capetown - Middle East 
CargoGeneral cargo, including food and ammunition 
Notes on event

At 00.37 hours on 29 Nov 1942, U-161 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the Tjileboet (Master J.W. Kroese), dispersed from convoy ON-145, and scored a hit after 72 seconds. The ship exploded in a heavy detonation and debris fell even around the U-boat in a distance of about 1000 metres. At 08.14 hours on 28 November, the Tjileboet had been spotted and she almost escaped as they forced the U-boat to dive at 11.10 hours when turning towards it and firing with artillery, but was finally hit after a difficult hunt in heavy rain squalls and being identified by her distress calls.

On boardWe have details of 60 people who were on board

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