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SHIPS HIT FRANCE 6 - FRENCH SHIPS LOST

1)BAMAKO U-515*



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Built: 1930


Tonnage: 2,357 / 4,064 tons


Cargo: 2,800 tons of coffee


Route: Dakar  - Algeria


Date of attack   9 Apr 1943


Sunk 9 Apr 1943 by U-515 on pos.  14° 57'N 17° 15'W


20 Dead


17 Survivors


At 02.34 hours on 9 April 1943 the Bamako (Master Henri Bouchaud), escorted by La Gracieuse, was hit by two stern torpedoes from U-515, capsized and sank very fast about 15 miles north-northeast of Dakar. The U-boat had observed the harbor of Dakar since 6 April, followed the two ships when they left port and retreated northwards on the surface after carrying out the torpedo attack. La Gracieuse dropped depth charges without being able to locate the attacker and then searched in vain together with HMS ML-1044 and HML-1141, which were sent to assist from the nearby harbor.


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