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British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79
Posted by: Axel Niestle (IP Logged)
Date: September 13, 2017 03:09AM

The British steamers WANDBY and RUPERRA were sunk by torpedo late on the 19th October 1940 northwest of Ireland while sailing in the eastbound convoy HX-79. The times 2322 and 2323 (BST) for the torpedo hits given in many wartime reports and official British postwar Naval Staff Histories are very probably incorrect when compared to the relevant war diaries of the German U-boats U 46 and U 47, which are presently attributed with these losses. Hence, there is a good deal of confusion about the correct attribution of these two ships to the reported torpedo attacks.

Seven survivors from the RUPERRA were picked up by the S/S INDUNA and later landed in Britain, while 34 crewmen from the WANDBY were rescued by HMS Angel and landed at Belfast.

I wonder if anyone out here has ever located or copied the post-action survivor interrogation reports of crewmembers from both ships. Their content might shed some new light regarding attack times and/or the sequence of events aboard these two ships during the attacks in order to sort out things properly.

If so, I would greatly appeciate it if these could be shared here.



Subject Written By Posted
  British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 Axel Niestle 09/13/2017 03:09AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 becorijn 09/13/2017 10:24AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 Rainer Kolbicz 09/14/2017 10:25AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 Axel Niestle 09/15/2017 02:36AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 T.W. 09/16/2017 04:31AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 Rainer Kolbicz 09/17/2017 02:52AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 Mark McShane 09/16/2017 06:38AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 Rainer Kolbicz 09/17/2017 02:03AM
  Re: British S/S WANDBY and RUPERRA in convoy HX-79 Axel Niestle 09/19/2017 11:20AM


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