Belgian Motor tanker
|Completed||1928 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam|
|Owner||Compagnie Financière Belge des Petroles (Petrofina) SA, Antwerp|
|Date of attack||29 Dec 1942||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-336 (Hans Hunger)|
|Position||43° 23'N, 27° 14'W - Grid CE 3142|
|Complement||57 (5 dead and 52 survivors).|
|Route||Belfast - New York|
|Notes on event|
Between 23.53 and 23.56 hours on 28 Dec 1942, U-225 (Leimkühler) fired four single torpedoes at convoy ONS-154 north of the Azores in 43°23N/27°14W (grid BD 9869). One torpedo damaged the President Francqui and two struck the ship of convoy commodore the Empire Shackleton. The fourth torpedo detonated after 2 minutes 15 seconds and Leimkühler thought that he had hit another ship, but this can not be confirmed by Allied sources.
Between 07.24 and 07.28 hours on 29 December, U-336 fired three torpedoes at the now straggling President Francqui (Master G. Bayot) that were duds, but she was stopped by one torpedo from U-225 at 08.13 hours in grid CE 2332. After two further duds at 09.16 and 10.10 hours, the tanker was sunk by a coup de grâce from U-336 at 10.25 hours.
|On board||We have details of 49 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for President Francqui
|28 Dec 1942||U-225||Oblt. Wolfgang Leimkühler||Damaged||4,919|
|29 Dec 1942||U-336||Kptlt. Hans Hunger||Sunk||4,919|
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