Ships hit by U-boats


Polish Steam merchant

Zagloba under her former name Robur VIII

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,864 tons
Completed1938 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerAlfred Falter (William Cory & Son Ltd), Gdynia 
Date of attack6 Feb 1943Nationality:      Polish
FateSunk by U-262 (Rudolf Heinz Franke)
Position54° 45'N, 27° 25'W - Grid AK 6684
Complement36 (36 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-118 (straggler)
RouteNew York (12 Jan) - St. John’s, Newfoundland (30 Jan) – Manchester 
CargoGeneral cargo and ammunition 
History Completed in May 1938 as Robur VIII for Polsko-Skandynawskie Towarzystwo Transportowe (Polskarob) SA, Gdynia. In September 1939, the Robur VIII was loading a cargo of aircraft for the Polish Army in England, but could not transport it to Poland before the capitulation. 1940 renamed Zagloba for Alfred Falter (William Cory & Son Ltd), Gdynia. 
Notes on event

Between 22.55 and 23.05 hours on 6 Feb 1943, U-262 fired five torpedoes at a tanker and a steamer from between two columns in convoy SC-118 about 600 miles east-southeast of Cape Farewell, heard three detonations and claimed both ships sunk. However, there is no confirmation from Allied sources, but it is likely that Zagloba (Master Zbigniew Deyczakowski) in station #45 was hit and sunk in these attacks. She was the last ship in the fourth column and probably sank so fast after being hit that her loss remained unnoticed by the other ships in convoy. The master, 29 crew members and six gunners were lost. The ship was seen the last time in position 53°00N/33°10W in the afternoon of 5 February and was reported missing thereafter, presumably lost in position 56°32N/16°00W.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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