Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,944 tons
Completed1932 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerAlexander Capper & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack9 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-43 (Wilhelm Ambrosius)
Position48° 39'N, 13° 33'W - Grid BE 3853
Complement35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Avonmouth 
CargoGeneral cargo and grain 
History Completed in August 1932 
Notes on event

At 21.19 hours on 9 July 1940 the unescorted Aylesbury (Master Theodore Pryser) was hit aft by one G7e torpedo from U-43 and sank by the stern 15 minutes after being hit in the engine room by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 21.35 hours about 230 miles southwest of Cape Clear. The ship had been missed by a first G7e torpedo at 21.16 hours. The master and 34 crew members were picked up by HMS Harvester (H 19) (LtCdr M. Thornton, RN) and HMS Havelock (H 88) (Capt E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

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