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U.Boat with survivors alongside!
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Hugh Ferguson



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This is a U.Boat, evidently operating in tropical waters, which has just torpedoed and sunk the ship from which the survivors have come.
You are invited to name the U.Boat, its commander and the merchant ship it has just sent to the bottom.
· Date: Sat, 10 February 07 · Views: 863
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waiwera
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Registered: February 2005
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Sat, 10 February 07 13:31

Just think all those poor merchant seamen, at that very moment this picture was taken, had all their pay stopped until, or whenever they could sign on their next ship. Yet we say our country is "Great Britain"
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Hugh Ferguson

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Sat, 10 February 07 14:33

Now, why should you immediately assume it to be a British ship!
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King Ratt

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Sat, 10 February 07 15:59

Could the survivors be off SS Abukir? not sunk by U boat but by German gunboat on 28 May 1940
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Nobby236
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Sat, 10 February 07 16:51

SS Abukir was indeed sunk on 28 May 1940 by a German motor torpedo boat but in the North Sea. These lads would be pretty cold dressed like this.
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Hugh Ferguson

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Sat, 10 February 07 17:57

First clue. It was not a British ship.
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Hugh Ferguson

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Sun, 11 February 07 07:20

Second clue. The day on which this occurred was 28th May, 1941.
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stevecz

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Sun, 11 February 07 07:45

Is this U-107 with survivors of the Greek "Papalemos"
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Hugh MacLean

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Sun, 11 February 07 08:25

I think you are almost certainly correct. The U-boat is U-107 the emblem on the coning tower gives it away (the four aces).

The story of the Greek PAPALEMOS here: http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/950.html

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"If Blood was the price
We had to pay for our freedom
Then the Merchant Ship Sailors
Paid it in full”
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Hugh Ferguson

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Sun, 11 February 07 11:52

Correct! Congratulations, stevecz & Hugh Maclean!
It is U107, the commander was Gunter Hessler (son-in-law of Doenitz) and the Greek, PAPALEMOS was the 15th ship they had sunk during one of the most destructive cruises ever undertaken by a U.Boat.
The man layed out on the deck of the U.Boat has had his shoulder dislocated and is receiving some medical attention. I would not envy his lot after being returned to the boat but, I did learn that just one loss of life occurred as a result of this sinking. I believe that they were rescued, but how, I was not able to determine.
Hessler survived the war but Doenitz's son did not. The Papalemos was sunk in position, 8.06N/16.18W and, as were all their other victims, was proceeding independently.
(Note the galley kettle being handed on board the U.Boat to be filled with water.)
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waiwera
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Sun, 11 February 07 13:11

I am surprised these "Survivors" are not "British Merchant Seamen" (As clearly stated as the title of the book cover ) Hugh - but my comments are valid - even though misleadingly this picture does not feature any "British Merchant Seamen" - the subject of the book
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Hugh Ferguson

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Sun, 11 February 07 15:20

Yes, I was very surprised about that feature at the time of purchase. I thought the boat looked British built, I thought the guy at the tiller looked British and the lifejackets were distinctly B.O.T.. So that set me right off on the wrong tack when I began to satisfy my curiosity as to what ship those survivors had come from. I soon was able to contact the author and he also had assumed they were Brits and didn't know the facts until I told him.
I discovered the facts with the assistance of a Kate Tildesley, at the Naval Historical Branch in London, who sent me copies of the U.Boat's K.T.B. (war diary).
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Hugh Ferguson

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Tue, 13 February 07 15:50

Following the evident interest shown in this submission, Gunter Hessler's evidence to the Nuremburg War Trials can be accessed on the following web-site.
http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/imt/tgmwc...4-129-09.shtml
Assistance rendered to the s.s.PAPALEMOS survivors is cited as evidence that, when/where possible, assistance was given.
In this web-site there is a misspelling of the Blue Funnel ship CALCHAS which name is spelt with a K instead of a C.
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