Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,041 tons
Completed1939 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack12 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position44° 16'N, 13° 54'W - Grid BE 9484
Complement51 (0 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteDurban - Freetown (31 May) - Hull 
Cargo8750 tons of maize 
Notes on event

At 19.38 hours on 12 Jun 1940, U-46 fired a stern torpedo at a ship in convoy SL-34 about 220 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre and missed the intended target, but hit the Barbara Marie that broke in two and sank. At 19.46 hours, another torpedo was fired which hit the forward part of Willowbank and caused the ship to sink by the bow.

The master and 50 crew members from Willowbank (Master Donald Gillies) were picked up by the British motor merchant Swedru.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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