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6)ELDENA U-510




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Built 1919


Tonnage 6,900 / 10,315 tons


Cargo: 7,640 tons of general cargo and 18 bags of mail for Durban and Capetown


Sunk 8 Jul, 1943 by U-510 on pos. 05º 50"N 50º 20"W


O Dead


66 Survivors


At 05.20 hours on 8 Jul, 1943, U-510 fired three torpedoes in a one minute intervall at the convoy TJ-1 about 150 miles northeast of Cayenne, French Guiana and reported hits on a tanker of 10000 grt, another of 6000 grt and a third of 5000 grt. At 07.19 hours, U-510 attacked again in grid EP 4925, fired five torpedoes and reported that two ships of 10000 grt and 6000 grt had been hit. At 13.07 hours, U-510 attacked the convoy a last time and reported a ship of 6000 grt was sunk. The Allied side reports that three ships were hit in the first attack, B.P. Newton, Eldena and Everagra of which the last was only damaged. It seems that U-510 attacked the same targets several times.


At 05.21 hours, the Eldena (Master Charles Clinton Bently) in station #43 was hit by one torpedo on port side in the forepeak. The explosion breached the collision bulkhead and flooded the #1 hold. The eight officers, 32 men and 26 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) abandoned ship in four lifeboats as the ship settled by the head. Most of the survivors were picked up by the American submarine chaser USS PC-495. One hour after the attack, the master and 16 crewmen in the second lifeboat reboarded the ship and started the engines and pumps.


She was proceeding at just over four knots, when she was hit at 07.33 hours by a torpedo from the second attack by U-510. The torpedo struck one the starboard side at the #2 hatch. The explosion threw water 35 feet in the air and she sank within minutes, leaving large quantities of her deck cargo, including aircraft parts in waterproof crates on the surface. USS PC-495 picked up all hands and landed them in RecifeBrazil on 17 July.


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