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5)WELLPARK




Photo. www.photoship.co.uk


 


Built: 1938


Tonnage: 4,649 /  8,640 tons


Cargo: aircraft parts and military vehicles


Route: USA -  Alexandria


Sunk 28/03/42 by Raider Thor on pos. 25º 00”S 10º 00”W


7 Dead


41 POW


At 2 PM in the Atlantic, 500 miles Southwest of St Helena, German armed merchant cruiser Thor uses machinegun fire from her Arado seaplane and 6 inch shellfire to stop British freighter SS Wellpark (carrying aircraft parts and military vehicles from USA to British troops in Egypt). SS Wellpark is scuttled with demolition charges (7 killed, 41 survivors taken prisoner by Thor).  Thor chased freighter Wellpark for seven hours. Gumprich sent his seaplane to strafe the freighter, but was driven off when Thor opened fire on Wellpark. Within 15 minutes, the Wellpark's crew abandoned ship, and she was sunk.


 

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