Merchant Navy. Palestinian
Roster information listed for Moshe Dafni
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Treworlas||Steam merchant||Sailor||28 Dec 1942||U-124 (1)|
Born as Moshe Raigorodsky. He was employed on the small coastal steamer Tiqva of the Palestine Transport & Shipping Co Ltd from 5 October 1941 until 22 January 1942, when the ship sank in a storm off the coast of Syria.
The following summary of his service at sea during the Second World War is courtesy of his son Avishy Dafni:
The next morning the current drew us toward a group of small islands. At the same time, sharks swam around the raft for four days and four nights. Had we not picked up those three men, they would surely have been eaten by the sharks. On the fifth day we were picked up by an American coastal patrol vessel and taken to Trinidad. There we found 3 other members of the crew and that was all that was left of the original 47 men. I returned to Palestine several months later via the USA and England. I then continued to work on a British ship which was in the service of the British forces. I took part in the invasion of Southern France, on a ship that brought supplies and two army field medical stations.
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