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D/S Ingerfem
Updated Nov. 4-2011

To Ingerfem on the "Ships starting with I" page.

Crew List

Received from Kåre Nordahl Lundby Garsow, whose grandfather was 2nd engineer on board.

Owner: A/S Inger
Manager: Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen
3978 (3987?) gt, 7000 tdwt
Signal Letters: LDDZ

Built by William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland in 1912. Previous names: Athamas until 1916, Øvre until 1931.
According to this external page, she was delivered in Aug.-1912 as Athamas to A.A. Embiricos & Co., Andros, Greece. Owners in 1915 were Embiricos Brothers, Androa, same name. From 1916, sailed as Øvre for D/S A/S Øvre (Karl Møen), Kristiania (Oslo). From 1919, D/S A/S Øvre (Peder Gundersen), Kristiania, no name change. From Nov.-1920, D/S A/S Øvre (O.M. Milberg & Co), Oslo. 1923, Ivar An. Christensen, Kristiania. From June-1924, D/S Eidsvold A/S (Henrik Østervold), Bergen. Renamed Ingerfem for D/S Inger (Jacob Kjøde A/S), Bergen in 1931.

Captain: Johan H. Johnsen

On charter to British Empire Steel Products Co. Ltd.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

Please compare the above voyages with the information found in her movement card (see narrative below), as well as with A. Hague's Voyage Record.

Voyage Record
From May-1940 to Dec.-1942:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (please be aware that some of the external convoys are incomplete).

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 28 Halifax Liverpool June 11 HX 46 Earlier voyages:
Narrative below & Page 1
(on to Garston, same day)
July 3 Liverpool OB 178 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed July 7.
Convoy available at OB 178
(external link)
July 7 Dispersed from OB 178 Sydney, C.B. July 17 Independent
July 19 Sydney, C.B. Chatham, N.B. Independent
July 26 Chatham, N.B. Halifax July 27 Independent
July 31 Halifax Methil Roads Aug. 15 HX 62 Missing movements, Page 1
Sept. 9 Methil OA 212 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed Sept. 12.
Convoy available at OA 212
(external link)
Sept. 12 Dispersed from OA 212 Sydney, C.B. Sept. 26 Independent
Sept. 29 Sydney, C.B. St. John, N.B. Sept. 30 Independent See also narrative below
Nov. 8 St. John, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 13 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Nov. 30 SC 12
Dec. 13 Clyde Methil Dec. 17 WN 53 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 22 Methil Immingham Dec. 24 FS 368 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Left Immingham, Jan. 28
(Page 1).
1941 Jan. 30 Humber Methil Jan. 31 FN 395 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 2 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 5 EN 66/1 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 10 Loch Ewe OB 283 Dispersed Febr. 12.
Convoy available at OB 283
(external link)
Febr. 12 Dispersed from OB 283 Halifax Febr. 24 Independent
March 2 Halifax New York City March 5 Independent See also narrative below
Apr. 6 New York City Tampa Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 19 Tampa Halifax Apr. 30 Independent
May 6 Halifax Liverpool May 23 HX 125A See also narrative.
On to Garston
(Page 1).
June 2 Liverpool OB 330 For Botwood.
Dispersed June 7.
Convoy available at OB 330
(external link)
June 7 Dispersed from OB 330 St. John's, N.F. June 14 Independent
June 21 St. John's, N.F. Botwood Independent Page 1 gives arrival June 23
June 26 Botwood Halifax June 30 Independent
July 2 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 4 Independent
July 12 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough July 28 SC 37 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
July 29 Holyhead* Avonmouth July 31 BB 54 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
*See Page 2
Aug. 8 Avonmouth Barry Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 12 Barry Milford Haven Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 14 Milford Haven ON 7 For Wabana.
Dispersed 56 31N 42 39W, Aug. 25
Aug. 25 Dispersed from ON 7 Wabana Aug. 28 Independent See also Page 2
Sept. 7 Wabana Belfast Lough Sept. 20 SC 43 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 21 Belfast Lough Cardiff Sept. 22 BB 78 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 23 Cardiff Port Talbot Sept. 23 Independent Again, see also Page 2
Oct. 7 Port Talbot Milford Haven Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 9 Milford Haven ON 25 For Montreal.
Dispersed Oct. 24.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 24 Dispersed from ON 25 Montreal Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 16 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 22 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Dec. 8 SC 56
Dec. 10 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 12 WN 216 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 14 Methil Hull Dec. 16 FS 673 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Left Hull Jan. 6
(Page 2).
1942 Jan. 8 Humber Methil Jan. 10 FN 599 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 11 Methil Loch Ewe Jan. 13 EN 31 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 13* Liverpool* ON 57 *Page 2 gives departure Loch Ewe Jan. 18.
For Freeport.
Dispersed 43 20N 59 39W, Febr. 7.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 7 Dispersed from ON 57 Hampton Roads Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 19 Hampton Roads Galveston Febr. 28 Independent See also narrative below
March 21 Galveston Freeport March 22 Independent
March 25 Freeport Hampton Roads Apr. 4 Independent On to New York, Apr. 16
(Page 2).
Apr. 18 Boston(*?) Halifax Apr. 20 BX 8 *From New York.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 Halifax Liverpool May 11 SC 81 On to Garston, same day
(Page 2).
May 19 Liverpool Wabana June 2 ON 96 For Wabana.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 7 Wabana Loch Ewe June 18 SC 86 See also Page 3
June 21 Loch Ewe Methil June 23 WN 299 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 24 Methil Middlesbrough June 25 FS 837 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
July 9 Middlesbrough Methil July 10 FN 755 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 10 Methil Loch Ewe July 12 EN 109 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
July 13 Loch Ewe Wabana July 25 ON 112 For Wabana.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 31 Wabana St. John's, N.F. Independent Arrived same day
(Page 3).
Aug. 2 St. John's, N.F. Loch Ewe Aug. 14 SC 94
Aug. 15 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 17 WN 323 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 17 Methil Middlesbrough Aug. 18 FS 884 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 25 Middlesbrough Methil Aug. 26 FN 795 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 26 Methil Loch Ewe Aug. 28 EN 129 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 29 Loch Ewe Halifax Sept. 16 ON 126
Sept. 27 Halifax St. John, N.B. Sept. 29 HF 3 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Oct. 2 St. John, N.B. Halifax Oct. 4 FH 4 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Oct. 6 Halifax Clyde Oct. 21 SC 104 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Oct. 22 Clyde Oban Independent
Oct. 23 Oban Methil Oct. 26 WN 353 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 26 Methil Southend Oct. 28 FS 944 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Nov. 1 Southend Methil* Nov. 3 FN 854 *Arrived Leith - left for Methil Dec. 19
(Page 3)
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 22 Methil Loch Ewe Dec. 24 EN 176 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 25 Loch Ewe ON 156 Straggled
Dec. 28 Straggled from ON 156 Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Summary of details found on movement card – 1939-1942: 
Transcribed from several original documents received from Roger Griffiths, England. His source: Public Records Office, Kew. The dates in this summary are based on the information found in the movement card.

For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hauge's Voyage Record above (the differences in dates in some cases could simply be due to different time zones used). Follow the convoy links provided for more details; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them, and several Norwegian ships took part.

In March-1939, we find Ingerfem in New Orleans, leaving for Hull on the 10th, arriving Hull Apr. 3, departing again in ballast on the 15th for Sydney, C.B., arriving May 5. A little over a week later, she proceeded to Newport, cargo of steel billets, with arrival May 24, then made a voyage in ballast to Murmansk at the end of that month, from there to Antwerp, cargo of Apatite ore, and back to Murmansk in July, then to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Pernis (arrived the latter on July 23) and Leningrad, then back to Antwerp (with pit props), bringing us to Aug.-1939. Towards the end of that month, she made a voyage to Archangel (arrived Sept. 5), on to Velsen, then to Quebec, where she arrived Nov. 23. A few days later, she proceeded to Sydney, C.B., then to Aarhus(? this seems odd).

In Apr.-1940, she was in Baltimore, continuing to Halifax with arrival Apr. 26 (this agrees with Page 1 of the archive documents, where we also learn she had arrived Baltimore from Bergen, Norway on Apr. 11, in other words, 2 days after the German invasion of Norway). There's a note here saying she was time chartered by Ministry of Shipping, to be delivered on May 10 at Halifax. She left Halifax with 2000 standards of timber for Garston on May 28, joining Convoy HX 46, arriving Garston June 11. She was also degaussed before heading back to Sydney, C.B. at the beginning of July. For this voyage, she's listed, together with Austvard, Benjamin Franklin, Hellen, Margrethe Bakke, Senta and Skrim, in Convoy OB 178, which left Liverpool on July 3 and dispersed on the 7th, Ingerfem arriving Sydney July 16, according to the archive document. With a cargo of pitprops, she returned to the U.K. at the end of that month with Convoy HX 62 from Halifax, and arrived Grangemouth, via Methil Roads, on Aug. 19.

Some repairs are said to have been made at Leith in this period, completed Sept. 5, before she again started on a voyage in ballast to Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 8, arriving Sept. 26. She's listed in Convoy OA 211 at the external site below, however, Arnold Hague instead has her in Convoy OA 212, which left Methil on Sept. 9. From Sydney, C.B., she proceeded to St. John, N.B. on the 29th, with arrival Sept. 30. Again, there's a note in the document saying she went in for repairs on Oct. 4, completed Oct. 25, but I'm not sure where these were undertaken and why, though she did not leave St. John until Nov. 8, so they were probably done there. She arrived Sydney, C.B. on Nov. 11 in order to join Convoy SC 12, which left on Nov. 13 and arrived Liverpool on Nov. 29; Ingerfem, cargo of steel and lumber, anchored at Greenock on Dec. 1 (Page 1 gives arrival as Nov. 30). Christmas that year was celebrated in Immingham, where some repairs were completed on Jan. 16-1941.

Related external link:
OB (& OA) convoys - As mentioned, Ingerfem is listed in Convoy OA 211 (but sailed in the next convoy).

She left Imminham again in ballast on Jan. 28-1941, anchored at Methil Roads Febr. 2, sailed the next day, arrived Loch Ewe on Febr. 5, left on Febr. 10 for Halifax, where she arrived Febr. 24 (listed in Convoy OB 283, which had originated in Liverpool on Febr. 8 and dispersed on the 12th - see the external links provided within the Voyage Record for more on the OB convoys mentioned here). Her final destination was Tampa, where she was due around March 3, but she was involved in a collison (with Uranienborg? - note that this ship is listed in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 109. See also HX 109 at ships in all HX convoys). Collision date looks like Febr. 25; Ingerfem sustained damage to plates. A survey done in Halifax showed that she was extensively damaged and was sent to New York on March 2 for repairs, arrived March 5, expected to be completed around March 24. This date was later changed to Apr. 6, and she finally arrived Tampa on Apr. 13. On Apr. 19, she left for Halifax (arrived Apr. 30) then joined Convoy HX 125A for Liverpool on May 6, cargo of phosphates for Garston, station 55 - see also the Cruising order/Commodore's notes. (Ingerfem had been cancelled from the previous convoy, HX 124 which left Halifax on Apr. 30 - she may have missed it). She's said to have arrived her destination on May 24 (Page 1 gives arrival as May 26), leaving again on June 1 for Botwood in order to load 6100 tons of zinc concentrates, joining Convoy OB 330, which departed Liverpool on June 2 and dispersed on the 7th and also included Heina and Noreg. Ingerfem arrived St. John's, N.F. on June 13, proceeding to Botwood on the 21st, arriving June 23, according to the archive document.

She left Botwood again on June 26 for Halifax, arriving June 30, later continuing to Sydney, C.B. with arrival July 4, then left on July 12 with Convoy SC 37* which arrived Clyde on July 28. Ingerfem stopped at Belfast Lough that day, before continuing to her destination Avonmouth, where she arrived on July 31 (as already indicated above, she had a cargo of zinc concentrates from Botwood) - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2. She was ready to leave Avonmouth again on Aug. 8, and sailed for Wabana to load 6100 tons of iron ore, arriving there on Aug. 28, having sailed in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 7, which had been dispersed on Aug. 25. Minor repairs undertaken there were expected to be completed on Sept. 3. On the 7th, she left Wabana to head back to the U.K. with Convoy SC 43*, which had started out at Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 5. She arrived Cardiff, via Belfast Lough, on Sept. 22, continuing to Port Talbot the next day. On Oct. 7, she departed Port Talbot for Montreal, where she arrived on Oct. 31, having sailed in Convoy ON 25* (originated in Liverpool on Oct. 10, dispersed on Oct. 24). She left again on Nov. 16 for Sydney, C.B., in order to join Convoy SC 56 on Nov. 22 (cargo of grain, rolled oats and coal), arriving Loch Ewe on Dec. 8, later continuing to her destination Hull, where she arrived Dec. 16.

Ingerfem left Hull on Jan. 6-1942, and later joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 57* (originated in Liverpool Jan. 13, dispersed Febr. 7 - according to Page 2 of the archive documents, she sailed from Loch Ewe on Jan. 18). Heavy weather had been encountered, several ships returned to port, while others were wrecked. The convoy was waiting off the Hebrides for the weather to improve. See also Astrell and Ingrid. Eglantine is named among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts). Ingerfem arrived her destination Freeport on March 22. Intermediate voyages here are given as follows in her movement card, all dates agreeing with the archive document: Arrived Methil Roads Jan. 10, sailed Jan. 11, arrived Loch Ewe Jan. 13, sailed Jan. 18, arrived Hampton Roads Febr. 12 (repairs expected to be completed Febr. 16), sailed Febr. 19, arrived Galveston Febr. 28, collision damage, repairing at Galveston, sailed March 21, arriving Freeport March 22, as already mentioned. (Re-allocated Gulf Febr., 5727 tons sulphur). She left Freeport on March 25 for Hampton Roads, arriving Apr. 4. There's a note in the movement card saying she was detained w/engine trouble, but I'm not sure whether this happened while at Hampton Roads? She left again on Apr. 16, arrived New York Apr. 17, continuing to Halifax Apr. 18 with arrival Apr. 20, subsequently joining Convoy SC 81 on Apr. 23, arriving Garston on May 11 (cargo of sulphur). Another note says that voyage repairs (in Garston) started May 13, completed May 17. The following day, she left Garston for Wabana, joining the westbound Convoy ON 96*, which left Liverpool on May 19 and arrived Halifax on June 7; Ingerfem, however, had arrived Wabana on June 2. She loaded 6200 tons of iron ore, before leaving Wabana on June 7 for St. John's, N.F., then returned to Loch Ewe, with arrival there June 20 (? Page 3 gives arrival as June 18), having sailed in the Newfoundland portion of Convoy SC 86, for which Ramø served as Vice Commodore Ship.

There's now mention of some boiler defects, which were repaired at Aultbea, as well as in Middlesbrough, completed July 2, whereupon she departed Middlesbrough on July 9 (via Loch Ewe July 12-13) in order to return to Wabana, with arrival there on July 25, having sailed in Convoy ON 112*, which had originated in Liverpool on July 13. On the 31st of that month, she proceeded to St. John's, N.F., departing again on Aug. 2 with 6200 tons iron ore, arriving Loch Ewe on the 14th with Convoy SC 94. As will be seen when following the link, this convoy lost several ships; see also the external link provided below. Ingerfem later continued to Middlesbrough, where she arrived on Aug. 18. Having proceeded to Loch Ewe, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 126 from there at the end of that month, station 53. The Norwegian Rena served as Commodore Vessel for this convoy. Ingerfem arrived Halifax on Sept. 16, where it looks like some repairs were undertaken again, before she continued to St. John, N.B. on Sept. 27, arriving Sept. 29.

On Oct. 2, she left St. John for Halifax where she arrived on the 4th, departing on Oct. 6 with the Halifax portion of Convoy SC 104*, which had originated in New York on Oct. 3. This convoy was attacked and several ships were sunk, including Fagersten and Senta (follow the links for further details. See also the external links below; my page about Potentilla has an eye witness account of the battle. Acanthus, Eglantine and Montbretia are also named among the escorts - see SC convoy escorts). Ingerfem (bound for London) made it safely to Clyde on Oct. 21; later arriving Gravesend on Oct. 28 - again, see Page 3. She left Gravesend on Oct. 31, arrived Leith Nov. 3/4 for repairs which were completed on Dec. 7. There's now a gap in the dates on the movement card (but Page 3 has more) - she arrived Loch Ewe on Dec. 23/24 and according to her movement card, as well as the archive document, she left again in ballast for Halifax on the 25th, while Norwegian sources say she left on Christmas Eve. Further developments have been noted in the next paragraphs.

* The entire SC series will be updated and completed, but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys. Escorts for them are named on this page. The ON convoys will also be added - in the meantime, please go to the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Several Norwegian ships took part.

Related external links:
The battle for SC 94
The battle for SC 104 - Again, see also my own page about Potentilla.

Group Wotan and the Battle for Convoy SC 104 - Article with a very detailed description of the convoy battle (a section of Rob Fisher's Home Page).

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Ingerfem left Loch Ewe in ballast for Halifax with Convoy ON 156 on Christmas Eve-1942 (see also * below and Page 3), but had engine problems and lost touch with the convoy after three days. In the afternoon of Dec. 29, two British aircraft signalled that it would return that evening with instructions as to whether she should continue to Canada or return to Scotland (due to the engine problems), but the aircraft did not return. Instead, Ingerfem was spotted by U-631 (Krüger) which sent a torpedo into her at 10:30 that evening. This is stated by the sole survivor, Gunner Ole Næss, at the Maritime hearings, so it's probably ship's time(?). The archive documents gives sinking date as Dec. 30 at 22:35.

Most of the crew went in two lifeboats, while the captain, the 3rd mate and a Norwegian gunner were seen struggling with a 3rd lifeboat from the bridge, but before they succeeded in lowering it the ship broke in two and sank, 59N 21W, 5 minutes after the torpedo had detonated.

One of the lifeboats with 33 men in it was later lost. The other also had problems in the bad weather. It kept taking in water and the 8 men in it struggled to keep it going for 3 days, until it capsized on Jan. 1-1943. All 8 managed to get into it again, but 7 of them had simply lost their desire to go on, and 1st Mate Otto Andreas Jacobsen and 2 crew died that same day, standing upright in the boat. 7 more days went by, with the boat continuously taking in water and it turned over yet again. The 5 remaining men again managed to straighten it out, but that night 4 of them died, leaving Ole Næss alone in the boat. He managed to "bury" the dead in the sea, but it had all been too much for him and he jumped overboard. A wave immediately washed him back into the boat. He drank large amounts of seawater in an attempt to end his life, but that didn't succeed either.

On Jan. 11-1943, he was spotted about 500 n. miles west of Scotland by the American fruit carrier Steemac**. He was unconscious in the boat, and couldn't be straightened out so he was lifted in a sitting position onto Steemac, where the doctor on board gave him the best care possible, until he could be taken to the hospital in Ards District, County Down on Jan. 13, suffering from severe shock and salt water sores. There, he was nursed back to health again, though his legs were for a long time threatened by gangrene, but he was spared from amputation. He was 20 years old. 40 of his shipmates had died.

* J. Rohwer says Ingerfem was a straggler of ONS 154 (Roger W. Jordan agrees). The convoy designation here should really be ON 154, because according to Arnold Hague the true ONS series was not established until 1943, starting with ONS 1 (see my page naming ships in all ONS convoys), but the slower ON convoys were often referred to as ONS in signals and contemporary documents even before that year. The information on her date of departure, namely Christmas Eve, was found in the Maritime declaration held in Belfast on May 28-1943. In other words, she could not have been in ON 154, as it had left U.K. on Dec. 18. Besides, as can be seen, she's listed among the ships in the original convoy documents for ON 156, as are the Norwegian Astrid and Mathilda. According to A. Hague, Norhauk later joined from Halifax.

** Charles Hocking gives the name Stag Hound for the American ship that picked up the lone survivor, adding that 7 bodies were also picked up. Checking with Roger W. Jordan's "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" I find no ship named Steemac (the closest is a Steelmaker), but Stag Hound is listed. However, it looks like the latter was renamed Aldebaran (AF 10) and used by the U.S. Navy as store ship from 1940.

Crew List:
Norwegian, unless otherwise noted
Ole Næss had only been on board since Dec. 9-1942, having previously served on Fernwood.

Able Seaman
Ole Johan Næss

Johan H. Johnsen

1st Mate
Otto A. Jacobsen

2nd Mate
Kåre P. Gulbrandsen

3rd Mate
Trygve Leinhardt

Radio Operator
James McDonald*

Hans O. Kristiansen

Erling Gaustad

Able Seaman
Sven Mossige

Able Seaman
Bruno Hannile

Able Seaman
Manfred E. Eriksen

Able Seaman
Egil Dømbe

Able Seaman
Harald E. Tufthaug

Able Seaman
Thor Lillesund

Able Seaman
Alfred Sandvik

Able Seaman
Norvald Nilsen

Able Seaman/Gunner
Thure N. Andersen

Able Seaman/Gunner
Jon W. Bråten*

Able Seaman/Gunner
Rudolf Lindtvedt

Able Seaman/Gunner
Egil Brandt Kjelsen

Able Seaman/Gunner
Rolf F. S. Milde

1st Engineer
Petro A. Pedersen

2nd Engineer
Simon A. Pettersen

3rd Engineer
Jens K. Heitman

Otto A. Pedersen

Leif Olsen

Alexander Johnstone*

Reidar E. G. Fjeld

Arthur P. Årseth

Alfred Jensen

Andreas B. Kristiansen

Leif J. Hegerberg

Georg O. Hansen

Martin Torkildsen

Harald N. Lernes

Halfdan Hanssen

Galley Boy
Kjell E. Pettersen

Mess Boy
Thomas Young*

William Martin

Alfred Dixon

Ronald Kampson

* According to this external page, John W. Braathen had previously served on Chr. Knudsen. He had survived the sinking of Rask, later joining Skiensfjord and Gudrun.

* Billy McGee, England has told me that Fireman Alexander Johnstone from Glasgow, Radio Officer James McDonald (age 22) and Mess Room Boy Thomas Young from Edinburgh (age 18) are said to have died on Ingerfem on Dec. 29-1942 and are commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 58. Further details on them can be found by entering their names in the relevant search field at the The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website (external link), using WW II and 1942 in the other fields to narrow the search. I suspect the date of their demise may not be 100% accurate, and has probably been given as such because that was the date of attack. I searched for the gunners (even tried various spellings like Martins, Dickson and Campson), but none of them appear to be listed at the Commonwealth WG website.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - 33 Norwegians are commemorated (this website says a total of 36 died). When clicking on each name it's a good idea to check what it says for "skip" to make sure the person was in fact on the ship in question. In this case, the list agrees on the whole with the names above, though some are spelt a little differently, and Able Seaman Norvald Nilsen is given the last name Monsen, Galley Boy Kjell Erling Petterson is listed as cook, (Cook Halfdan Hansen is listed as Steward, as is Harald Lernes). Also there's an Able Seaman Alfred Olaf Dankert Teigen (identical to Alfred Sandvik above?).

Operations information for U-631


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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum) and misc. as named within above text (ref. My sources).


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