Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage9,965 tons
Completed1939 - Öresundsvarvet A/B, Landskrona 
OwnerRederi-A/B Nordstjernan (Axel Axelson Johnson), Stockholm 
Date of attack20 Oct 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position56° 36'N, 15° 03'W - Grid AM 4137
Complement37 (4 dead and 33 survivors).
ConvoyHX-79 (straggler)
RouteCuraçao - Halifax - Clyde 
Cargo13,855 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in October 1939 
Notes on event

At 03.25 hours on 20 Oct 1940 the Janus, a straggler from convoy HX-79, was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-46 and broke in two in a big explosion. Both parts remained afloat for some time. The U-boat had unsuccessfully attacked the tanker with two torpedoes at 02.44 hours. The survivors were picked up by HMS Hibiscus (K 24) (LtCdr R. Phillips, RNR) and landed at Methil.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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