Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,157 tons
Completed1937 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBurnett SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack3 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Klaus Popp)
Position20° 08'N, 25° 50'W - Grid DT 8413
Complement41 (4 dead and 37 survivors).
ConvoyON-146 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Glasgow (15 Nov) - Freetown 
Cargo450 tons of cement, 320 tons of coal, 15 aircraft and mail 
History Completed in June 1937 
Notes on event

At 00.37 hours on 3 Dec 1942 the Wallsend (Master Norman Caulfield, OBE), dispersed from convoy ON-146, was torpedoed by U-552 north of the Cape Verde Islands. The ship sank after being hit by two coups de grĂ¢ce at 01.14 and 01.42 hours. Four crew members were lost The master was taken prisoner, landed at St. Nazaire on 15 December and taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 30 crew members and six gunners landed at Tarrafal Bay, Cape Verde Islands.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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