Ships hit by U-boats


British Fleet oiler

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Fleet oiler (Abbeydale)
Tonnage8,299 tons
Completed1937 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty (Royal Fleet Auxiliary), London 
Date of attack27 Jun 1943Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-73 (Horst Deckert)
Position36° 53'N, 1° 55'E - Grid CH 8343
Complement70 (0 dead and 70 survivors).
RouteBone - Gibraltar 
History Completed in March 1937

Broken up at Barrow in September 1960. 
Notes on event

At 17.04 hours on 27 June 1943 the Abbeydale in convoy XTG-2 was hit by a stern torpedo from U-73 off Algiers. The badly damaged tanker was later beached in Algiers and repaired in 1944.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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