Convoy battles


Russia - Iceland (Arctic Ocean)

20 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942

The Convoy15 ships
First sightingOn 20 Sep 1942
Escorts2 AA ships, 11 corvettes, minesweepers and trawlers and the rescue ships Rathlin and Zamalek.


U-251, U-255, U-403, U-408, U-435, U-592 and U-703.

The battle

The convoy sailed from Arkhangelsk on 13 Sept. The last attack was on the 22nd by the U-435 against the very heavy escort and she manages to sink 3 ships.

Ships hit from convoy QP-14

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat.Map
20 Sep 1942U-435Siegfried Strelow HMS Leda (J 93)835brA
20 Sep 1942U-255Reinhart Reche Silver Sword4,937amB
20 Sep 1942U-703Heinz Bielfeld HMS Somali (G 33)1,870brC
22 Sep 1942U-435Siegfried Strelow Bellingham5,345amD
22 Sep 1942U-435Siegfried Strelow Grey Ranger3,313brE
22 Sep 1942U-435Siegfried Strelow Ocean Voice7,174brF

6 ships sunk (23,474 tons).

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

Media links

The Road to Russia

Edwards, Bernard

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