Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,507 tons
Completed1924 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-638 (Oskar Staudinger)
Position54° 00'N, 43° 35'W - Grid AJ 67
Complement70 (4 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteAvonmouth - New York 
History Completed in April 1924 
Notes on event

At 14.00 hours on 5 May 1943 the Dolius (Master Gilbert Robert Cheetham) in convoy ONS-5 was torpedoed and sunk by U-638 about 445 miles east-northeast of Belle Isle. Three crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 57 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J. Plomer, RCNVR) and landed at St. John’s, Newfoundland. The U-boat had been sunk by the corvette after the attack.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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