Date of attack

20 Aug 1944


Sunk by U-861 (Jürgen Oesten)

Position 30.58S, 38.50E - Grid JA 1215


102 (8 dead and 94 survivors).




Liverpool - Durban - Tamatave, Madagascar


6000 tons of general cargo and a deck cargo of 70 tons of high octane motor spirit in drums

Notes on loss  

At 00.38 hours on 20 Aug, 1944, the Berwickshire (Master James McCrone) in convoy DN-68 was torpedoed and sunk by U-861 about 400 miles east-southeast of Durban. Seven crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 83 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by HMS Norwich City (FY 229) (Lt R.A. Groom) and landed at Durban.


We have listing of 10 people who were on this vessel

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