HX-65Homeward from Halifax (North Atlantic)
24 Aug 1940 - 26 Aug 1940
|The Convoy||51 ships|
|First sighting||On 24 Aug 1940 by U-48|
Ocean escort sailing from Halifax on 12 August: British armed merchant cruiser HMS Voltaire (F 47) (Capt C.L. Bate, DSO, RN (rtd)), until 23 August.
U-28 Kptlt. Günter Kuhnke, U-32* Oblt. Hans Jenisch, U-48* KrvKpt. Hans Rudolf Rösing, U-57* Oblt. Erich Topp, U-124* Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Schulz.
* U-boats that fired torpedo or used the deck gun
The 51 ships in this convoy were combined from three section sailing from Halifax-HX (13 ships), Sydney-SHX (16 ships, of which 4 returned) and Bermuda-BHX (22 ships). On the morning of 14 August, the HX and SHX sections rendezvoused and were joined by the BHX section on the morning of 16 August.
On 19 August, two British tankers became stragglers and one of these, the La Brea, was sighted by U-48 on the morning of 24 August. The U-boat sank the ship during the afternoon and then continued northwest, while that evening the main convoy split with 20 ships proceeding to Methil in section HX-65A and 25 ships proceeding to Liverpool in section HX-65B. Both sections were subsequently attacked by U-boats.
Article compiled by Mark McShane & Rainer Kolbicz
Ships hit from convoy HX-65
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Map|
|24 Aug 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||La Brea||6,665||br||A|
1 ship sunk (6,665 tons).