Empire Housman

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


180049


Wm Doxford

Sunderland


Wm Doxford

Sunderland


Diesel 3 Cyl

HP



Screws


1

Date of attack

3 Jan 1944

Fate

Sunk by U-744 (Heinz Blischke)

Position

60° 50'N, 22° 07'W - Grid AE 7877

Complement

46 (1 dead and 45 survivors).

This is not Empire Housman but a vessel of identical design

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1944

Empire Housman

Left Tyne

For New York

Lost 3 January 1944

Fate

Master

D J Lewis

Survived

Second Officer

L Bambrough

Lost

Convoy

ON-217 (straggler)

Route

Tyne - Loch Ewe (24 Dec) - New York

Cargo

Ballast

History

Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT)

Notes on event

On 30 Dec 1943, U-545 (Mannesmann) fired four torpedoes at convoy ON-217 in 60°30N/24°35W and heard four detonations. Mannesmann claimed hits on four ships and observed one ship sinking on 1 January. However, the only ship hit was Empire Housman (Master David John Lewis), which did not sink after this attack.

At 03.55 hours on 3 Jan 1944 the Empire Housman, now straggling from convoy, was hit by two torpedoes from U-744 and foundered two days later. One crew member was lost.

The master, 37 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by HMS Elm (T 105) (Lt K.A. Grant) and HMS Earner (W 143) and landed at Reykjavik.

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