Norwegian Motor merchant
|Completed||1936 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore|
|Owner||Lars Fostenes Rederi A/S, Haugesund|
|Date of attack||18 Sep 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-380 (Josef Röther)|
|Position||44° 56'N, 41° 05'W - Grid BC 9277|
|Complement||36 (0 dead and 36 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (12 Sep) - Halifax|
|History||Completed in November 1936|
On 31 August 1940 the Olaf Fostenes (Master Valvatne) rescued 251 survivors from the Volendam, which had been torpedoed by U-60 (Schnee). Many of the survivors were women and children being evacuated to Canada, they were landed at Greenock on 1 September.
|Notes on event|
At 09.21 hours on 18 September 1942 the unescorted Olaf Fostenes (Master Aksel Meier Lidahl) was hit on starboard side between hold #1 and #2 by one of two torpedoes from U-380 and sank by the bow after being hit on port side in the engine room by a coup de grâce at 11.20 hours. The master, 32 crew members and three gunners abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans who asked for the master but they were told that he had been lost. The survivors set sail for Newfoundland and were located by an aircraft on 26 September. Shortly thereafter picked up by HMS Firedrake (H 79) (Cdr E.H. Tilden, DSC, RN) they were taken to St. John’s.
|On board||We have details of 36 people who were on board.|
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