Ships hit by U-boats

W.B. Walker

British Motor tanker

NameW.B. Walker
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage10,468 tons
Completed1935 - Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel 
OwnerOriental Tankers Ltd (Standard Transp. Co Ltd), Hong Kong 
HomeportHong Kong 
Date of attack29 Jan 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-93 (Claus Korth)
Position56° 00'N, 15° 23'W - Grid AM 4125
Complement47 (4 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteAruba - Halifax - Avonmouth 
Cargo13.338 tons of aviation and motor spirit 
History Completed in June 1935 
Notes on event

At 03.55 hours on 29 Jan 1941 the W.B. Walker (Master William Barnes Simpson) in convoy SC-19 was hit amidships by one G7a torpedo from U-93 about 150 miles southwest of Rockall. Four crew members were lost. The tanker was taken in tow by HMS Anthony (H 40) (LtCdr V.C.F. Clark, RN) and HMS Arab (FY 202) (Lt C.A. Shillan), but she broke in two on 1 February. The forepart was scuttled by gunfire from an escort on 6 February, while the afterpart sank on 13 February in 58°15N/07°01W. The master and 42 crew members were picked up by HMS Anthony (H 40) and HMS Antelope (H 36) (LtCdr R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), transferred to HMS Arab (FY 202) and landed at Gourock.

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