French Troop transport
|Completed||1929 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Société Générale de Transports Maritimes à Vapeur SA, Marseilles|
|Date of attack||20 Apr 1943||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-565 (Wilhelm Franken)|
|Position||35° 59'N, 1° 25'W - Grid CH 7682|
|Complement||1131 (611 dead and 520 survivors).|
|Route||Casablanca - Oran|
|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 board||We have details of 562 people who were on board.|
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