Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - New Engineering & Shipbuilding Works, Shanghai|
|Owner||Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co, Drammen|
|Date of attack||6 Jul 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-375 (Jürgen Koenenkamp)|
|Position||32° 23'N, 34° 35'E - Grid CP 5957|
|Complement||43 (30 dead and 13 survivors).|
|Route||Beirut (5 Jul) - Port Said|
|Notes on event|
At 05.26 hours on 6 July 1942 the Hero (Master Erling Nielsen), escorted by three escort vessels, was hit by two torpedoes from U-375. The first torpedo struck in the bow and the second after 30 seconds in the stern. The ship was blown to pieces and sank within 50 seconds. Four Norwegians, two British and 24 Chinese crew members died. Only 14 men that had been on deck survived by jumping overboard. They were picked up by an escort vessel and taken to Jaffa two hours later. The master was among the rescued, but died on board the escort ship and was buried the next day at the military cemetery in Ramleh, near Jaffa.
|On board||We have details of 43 people who were on board.|
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