Nummer: 20004a


Area : Arctic Ocean
Date of attack : 13.09.1942
Time of attack : 09:57
Nationality of U-boat : German
U-boat : U 408
Commander : Hymmen
Grid : AB 2569
presumed target type : Steam Freighter
presumed tonnage : 7000 BRT
presumed result : sunk
Number of torpedoes/mines : 3-
Used weapon(s) : Torpedo(es)
Convoy : PQ.18
Date of observation : 13.09.1942
Time of observation : 08:59
Nationality of target : American
Actual type of target : Steam Freighter
Name of target : Oliver Ellsworth
Year of launch : 1942
Actual tonnage : 7191 BRT
Actual result : sunk
Position of target : 75.52n 07.55e
Footnote : U-408 observed a hit after 5:27 min with a fire column and a boiler explosion, and one hit, which was not intended, on a second ship behind. - After rescue action, A/S trawler "St Kenan" fired some shells into the floating wreck "Oliver Ellsworth" which sank stern first at 10.30 hours.
related attacks : Angriff 1


Convoy : PQ.18
Route of convoy : Iceland - Russia
Remark to convoy : Sep 1941 to Dec 1942, then JW (counter traffic = QP)
updated on: 22.05.2014
Remark: Reihenfolge
Changes: 1) U408 feuerte seinen fächer auf letztes schiff mit 4 masten. STALINGRAD war relativ klein schiff (nur 2500 brt) mit zwei masten.
2) Commander clearly wrote that his target was last steamship in starboard column i.e. OLIVER ELLSWORTH.