Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage5,964 tons
Completed1927 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerA.F. Klaveness & Co A/S, Oslo 
Date of attack21 Feb 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-603 (Hans-Joachim Bertelsmann)
Position49° 26'N, 29° 08'W - Grid BD 2925
Complement37 (3 dead and 34 survivors).
ConvoyON-166 (straggler)
RouteManchester - Liverpool (11 Feb) - New York 
History Completed in August 1927 
Notes on event

At 16.59 hours on 21 Feb 1943 the Stigstad (Master Odd Pettersen) was hit on the starboard side by one torpedo from U-332 (Hüttemann) near tank #16. The ship had been in convoy ON-166 and was straggling since encountering a heavy storm. Only six minutes later, the tanker was hit amidships and in the engine room on the starboard side by two of four torpedoes from U-603 (Bertelsmann) and sank within 15 minutes. The 34 survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat and were questioned by Hüttemann, who provided them with food supplies that he requested from the other U-boat just for the survivors.

On 7 March, the survivors in the lifeboat were picked up by the British fishing trawler Thomas Boot (Skipper A. Howie) in 52°30N/12°08W about 60 miles northwest of Valentia Island, Ireland. The next day, they were landed in Valentia where six men were admitted to a hospital.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

Attack entries for Stigstad

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
21 Feb 1943U-332Oblt. Eberhard HüttemannDamaged5,964  
21 Feb 1943U-603Oblt. Hans-Joachim BertelsmannSunk5,964  

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