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RAIDER THOR 16 SHIPS SUNK - THOR

13)WILLESDEN




Photo.  www.photoship.co.uk


Built: 1925


Tonnage: 4,563 / 8,600 tons


Cargo: n/a


Route: New York – Table Bay - Alexandria


Sunk 01/04/42 by Raider Thor on pos. 16º 00’S  16º 00” W 


5 Dead


42 POW


The Willesden a 4,565-ton British freighter bound for Alexandria from New York was picked up by the raider’s Arado on the morning of April 1, but the plane was fired upon as it tore away the aerial and dropped its two bombs, both of which missed.


The British gunners also returned fire as Thor opened up with her 5.9-inch guns, setting the freighter’s deck cargo of oil drums alight, and the rest of their shipmates took to the boats. But they could only manage six shots before they too had to leave the blazing ship, into which Thor had pumped 128 shells.


One torpedo later, the 12-hour action was over, leaving one of Willesden’s crew dead and six wounded. One of the wounded later died of his injuries and was laid to rest at sea with full military honours.


By www.bismarck-class.dk/hilfskreuzer


 

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