Ships hit by U-boats

Ashmun J. Clough

British Steam merchant

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NameAshmun J. Clough
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,791 tons
Completed1943 - Walter Butler Shipbuilders Inc, Superior WI 
OwnerStephenson, Clarke & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack26 Aug 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-989 (Hardo Rodler von Roithberg)
Position50° 10'N, 1° 41'W - Grid BF 3524
Complement35 (16 dead and 19 survivors).
RouteAvonmouth - Barry (24 Aug) - Utah Beach, Normandy 
Cargo1200 tons of military stores 
History Built as N3-S-A1 class merchant for the US Maritime Commission, sent on Lend-Lease to Great Britain and taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 08.30 hours on 26 Aug 1944 the Ashmun J. Clough (Master Edward Dent Hodge), the ship of the vice-commodore in convoy EBC-82 was torpedoed by U-989 north of Cherbourg. The U-boat heard a heavy detonation after 1 minute 12 seconds and saw a hit underneath the bridge with a 150m high smoke column. The ship broke in two and sank within two minutes. The master, 11 crew members and four gunners (the ship was armed with one 12pdr, four 20mm and two Lewis MG) were lost. 15 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the British motor launch HMS ML-450 (SubLt R. Freeman), transferred to the HMS Azalea (K 25) (LtCdr G.C. Geddes) and landed at Cherbourg.

On boardWe have details of 16 people who were on board

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