Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington DE|
|Owner||P. Kleppe, Oslo|
|Date of attack||31 Oct 1943||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-262 (Rudolf Heinz Franke)|
|Position||46° 05'N, 20° 26'W - Grid BE 5715|
|Complement||34 (31 dead and 3 survivors).|
|Route||Huelva - Freetown (13 Oct) - Ardrossan|
|History||Launched as Pilón, completed as Garibaldi 1925 renamed Catherine Weems 1928 renamed American Fairfield for Seas Shipping Co Inc, New York; 1939 sold to Norway and renamed Hallfried|
In March 1943, the Hallfried was in convoy SC-121, which was heavy attacked by the U-boats, but safely reached Britain.
|Notes on event|
At 09.25 hours on 31 Oct 1943, U-262 fired two T-3 and two FAT torpedoes at the combined convoy MKS-28/SL-138 (combined since 24 Oct) and heard four detonations. The U-boat also fired one Gnat at a destroyer, a detonation was heard after 6 minutes 30 seconds and sinking noises. Franke claimed one steamer and one destroyer sunk and another steamer damaged.
|On board||We have details of 33 people who were on board.|
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