Remembering Today: 24th October 1940 - S.S.Matina

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    At 04.32 hours on 26 Oct 1940 the unescorted Matina (Master David Alexander Jack) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-28 (Kuhnke) about 100 miles west of Rockall, after the ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 21.50 hours the day before. The U-boat then surfaced and fired 28 rounds with her deck gun, achieved 15 hits and left the vessel in a sinking condition.

    At 22.00 hours on 29 October, U-31 reported the sinking of a drifting wreck by a coup de grĂ¢ce, this must have been the Matina. The first U-boat had observed that some survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats, but they were never seen again. The master, 67 crew members, two gunners and one passenger were lost.
    Crewlist from Matina (British steam merchant) - Ships hit by German U-boats during WWII -
    Matina (British Steam merchant) - Ships hit by German U-boats during WWII -

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