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Hugh Martyr

ww2dbaseEver since his school days in the United Kingdom, Hugh Martyr had been interested in history, particularly naval history. His interest in history later expanded to cover the American Civil War and the German V-weapons campaign against London. He is also an re-enactor and organizer of major re-enactment events, including the 200th anniversary of Waterloo event where over 8,000 were on the field. He joined the WW2DB team in 2018.

Photographs/Maps Contributions

HMS Rajputaana (F 35) sinking in the North Atlantic Ocean, 13 Apr 1941British motor merchant vessel Beacon Grange sinking after being struck by German submarine U-552, south of Iceland, 27 Apr 1941

Timeline Contributions

Hugh Martyr has also contributed 784 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 26 Sep 1942: The survivors of Norwegian motor merchant Olaf Fostenes, sunk by German submarine U-380 on 18 Sep 1942, were found in two lifeboats by an aircraft in the North Atlantic.
» 7 Mar 1943: At 0210 hours, German submarine U-230 (Kapitänleutnant Paul Siegmann) attacked Allied convoy SC-121 south-southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland and torpedoed the 2,868-ton British steam merchant Egyptian. Siegmann thought that his victim sank and attacked the convoy again at 0925 hours. He claimed the sinking of another ship with 5,000 tons in the former position of the Egyptian, but it seems that both attacks were carried out on the same ship. The 6,116-ton British steamship Empire Impala, on passage New York to Hull with SC-121, was ordered to save the survivors of the torpedoed Egyptian and was not seen again. Empire Impala was most likely torpedoed by German submarine U-591 (Kapitänleutnant Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche) and sank south east of Cape Farewell. She was lost with all on board.
» 14 Mar 1943: Destroyer USS Belknap (DD 251) landed survivors of merchant ships Madoera and Jonathan Sturges at Argentia, Newfoundland.
» 3 Apr 1940: German supply ships began departing Hamburg, Germany for the invasion of Norway; in all 7 freighters of 28,693 tons would set sail. The British cabinet was warned of this action and the German concentration of troops within hours.
» 9 Apr 1943: U-339 arrived at Kiel, Germany and was reclassified as a training boat.

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