Ships hit by U-boats


British Landing craft

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NameHMS LCT-553
Type:Landing craft (LCT Mk.IV)
Tonnage611 tons
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack11 Oct 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-616 (Siegfried Koitschka)
Position39° 30'N, 14° 30'E - Grid CJ 9194
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
Notes on event

At 05.44 and 05.47 hours on 11 October 1943, U-616 fired two Gnats at a group of three landing craft and observed one detonation after 1 minute 42 seconds on the last vessel. After 9 minutes 33 seconds another detonation and sinking noises were heard, but this was probably an end-of-run detonation. It is not clear if HMS LCT-553 or HMS LCT-618 was sunk in this attack.


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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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