Ships hit by U-boats


French Troop transport

Type:Troop transport
Tonnage4,392 tons
Completed1929 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerSociété Générale de Transports Maritimes à Vapeur SA, Marseilles 
Date of attack20 Apr 1943Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-565 (Wilhelm Franken)
Position35° 59'N, 1° 25'W - Grid CH 7682
Complement1131 (611 dead and 520 survivors).
RouteCasablanca - Oran 
CargoSenegalese troops 
History Completed in November 1929 
Notes on event

At 07.52 hours on 20 April 1943, U-565 fired torpedoes at convoy UGS-7 about 60 miles west of Oran and sank the Sidi-Bel-Abbès in station #82 and Michigan in station #81.

The Sidi-Bel-Abbès carried Senegalese soldiers and sank with heavy loss of life 10 miles north of the Habbas Islands. The survivors were picked up British escort vessels, assisted by lifeboats of the other torpedoed ship.

On boardWe have details of 562 people who were on board

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