Soviet Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Superior Shipbuilding Co, Superior WI|
|Owner||Severnoje Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (SGMP)|
|Date of attack||29 Jan 1943||Nationality: Soviet|
|Fate||Sunk by U-255 (Reinhart Reche)|
|Position||73° 45'N, 17° 50'E - Grid AB 6373|
|Complement||39 (39 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Kola Inlet (23 Jan) - Akureyri, Iceland - USA|
|History||Completed in June 1917 as French Toulouse for Cie Francaise des Chemins de Fer de Paris-Orleans, Nantes. 1928 sold to Norway and renamed Aquila for A/S Aquila (A.I. Langfeldt & Co), Kristiansand. 1934 sold to the Soviet Union and renamed Ufa. |
|Notes on event|
At 05.47 hours on 29 Jan 1943, U-255 fired one torpedo at a steamer, identified as Myronich class freighter (2274 grt) and observed it sinking by the bow 25 minutes after being hit about 40 miles south-southwest of Bear Island. The ship had been missed with two torpedoes at 02.31 and 02.33 hours, possibly passing underneath the vessel. When the U-boat surfaced after five hours they still found survivors at the sinking position and tried to question them, but they only spoke Russian.
Two Soviet freighters went missing in the Barents Sea in January 1943 and both were apparently sunk by U-255. The second ship sunk was probably the Ufa (Master L.I. Patrikeev) that had left Kola Inlet on 23 January and was reported missing thereafter.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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