Convoy battles


Homeward from Halifax (North Atlantic)

26 Oct 1942 - 29 Oct 1942

The Convoy45 ships
First sightingOn 26 Oct 1942 by U-436

The American escort group A3 (Cdr. Lewis) consisting of the destroyer Badger, the cutter Campbell, the British corvette Dianthus and the Canadian corvettes Rosthern, Trillium, Alberni, Summerside and Ville de Quebec.


The wolfpack Puma of 13 boats
U-224 (Oblt. Kosbadt), U-301 (Kptlt. Körner), U-383 (Kptlt. Kremser), U-436 (Kptlt. Seibicke), U-441 (Kptlt. Hartmann), U-443 (Oblt. von Puttkammer), U-563 (Kptlt. von Hartman), U-602 (Kptlt. Schüler), U-606 (Oblt. Döhler), U-621 (Kptlt. Schünemann), U-624 (Kptlt. Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen), U-753 (Korvkpt. von Mannstein), U-757 (Oblt. Deetz)

The battle

After the fruitless pursuit of convoy ON-139, the patrol line Puma is reinforced and searches further. On the 26th U-436 runs into HX-212. In the night this boat attacks and scores hits with all her five torpedoes. One ship is sunk and two are damaged. U-606 damages a large ship and finishes off one ship damaged by U-436. Then this large ship is again torpedoed by U-606 and U-624 also before it sinks. U-621 and U-563 have no success.

During the next day the U-boats are kept at bay by Liberators coming from Iceland. Only in the night does U-224 manage to sink a straggler and U-624 sinks one ship from the convoy.

On the 29th the air escort drives off all boats trying to close in and the operation is broken off.

Article compiled by Tom Linclau

Ships hit from convoy HX-212

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Frontenac (d.)7,350nwA
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Gurney E. Newlin (d.)8,225amB
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke HMS LCT-2281 [Trans.]291brC
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Sourabaya10,107brD
28 Oct 1942U-606Hans-Heinrich Döhler Kosmos II (d.)16,966nwE
28 Oct 1942U-606Hans-Heinrich Döhler Gurney E. Newlin8,225amF
29 Oct 1942U-224Hans-Karl Kosbadt Bic Island3,921caG
29 Oct 1942U-624Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen HMS LCT-2190 [Trans.]291brH
29 Oct 1942U-624Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen HMS LCT-2192 [Trans.]291brI
29 Oct 1942U-624Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen HMS LCT-2284 [Trans.]291brJ
29 Oct 1942U-624Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen Kosmos II16,966nwK
29 Oct 1942U-624Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen Pan-New York7,701amL
29 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Barrwhin4,998brM

10 ships sunk (53,082 tons) and 3 ships damaged (32,541 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
[Trans.] indicates the vessel was lost while being transported on another vessel.

77 convoys on route HX were hit by U-boats in the war. Read more about them.

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