Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,207 tons
Completed1937 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack29 Feb 1944Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-407 (Hubertus Korndörfer)
Position35° 36'N, 35° 33'E - Grid CP 34
Complement66 (0 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteIskenderun - Haifa 

At 13.25 hours on 8 Jun 1941, U-46 fired a spread of two torpedoes on the unescorted Ensis in 48°46N/29°14W (grid BD 3748). The tanker was en route from London to Curaçao in ballast. Both torpedoes hit, but one was a dud. The damaged ship proceeded under own power to St. Johns, arriving on 15 June.

At 01.10 hours on 4 Apr 1942, the Ensis was slightly damaged by 20mm gunfire from U-572 in 35°43N/66°08W (grid CB 7588).

Notes on event

At 17.04 hours on 29 Feb 1944 the Ensis was torpedoed and damaged by U-407, while in an unknown convoy in the Mediterranean.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

Attack entries for Ensis

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
8 Jun 1941U-46Kptlt. Engelbert EndrassDamaged6,207  
4 Apr 1942U-572Kptlt. Heinz HirsackerDamaged6,207  
29 Feb 1944U-407Oblt. Hubertus KorndörferDamaged6,207  

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