Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of Dmitriy A. Sidorov

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,661 tons
Completed1932 - Zavod No 198 (Andre Marti), Nikolaev 
OwnerSovtorgflot, Moscow 
Date of attack31 Mar 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateDamaged by U-24 (Clemens Schöler)
Position43° 15'N, 40° 10'E - Grid CL 9447
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
History Completed as Soyuz Vodnikov and renamed Kreml’ in 1938. At 08.44 hours on 5 Nov 1941, the Romanian submarine Delfinul (Costachescu) torpedoed and damaged the Kreml’ four miles south of Yalta.

At 14.41 hours on 5 May 1943, U-9 (Schmidt-Weichert) fired three torpedoes at the Kreml’, escorted by four minesweepers, two gunboats and two aircraft about 22 miles south of Cape Pizunda and heard a detonation after 10 minutes, probably at the end of its run.

In 1969 taken out of service and used as storage hulk Bunkernaya Baza. Broken up at Cartagena in August 1973. 
Notes on event

At 12.30 hours on 31 March 1943, U-24 fired a spread of two torpedoes at a tanker, escorted by two destroyers and one coastal minesweeper off Gagra and observed one hit in the stern of the tanker, which caught fire. The sinking of the Soviet motor tanker Sovetskaja Neft (8228 tons) was claimed, but this is not confirmed by Soviet reports, the actual target was the Kreml’ which was damaged.


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