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Ship ClassAy-class Submarine
BuilderFriedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
Launched28 Aug 1938
Commissioned30 Apr 1939
Sunk3 May 1945


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13 Jun 1940 The German submarine UA sighted British armed merchant cruiser HMS Andania during heavy squalls south east of Iceland.
14 Jun 1940 The German submarine UA fired a spread of three torpedoes toward British armed merchant cruiser HMS Andania south east of Iceland; all torpedoes missed and the tracks were not noticed by lookouts aboard Andania.
16 Jun 1940 The German submarine UA, which had been following British armed merchant cruiser HMS Andania for the past three days, fired two torpedoes south east of Iceland at 0029 hours; one of them struck the ship aft. Another torpedo launched eight minutes later also hit but failed to detonate. The Andania opened fire with her guns after seeing the torpedo wake but owing to rough seas and the darkness scored no hits. The ship was sinking by the stern and her 347 crew, two of them injured, were taken off by the Icelandic trawler Skallagimur which later transferred the to the destroyer HMS Forester (D 74) and they were taken to Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom. UA fired two more torpedoes at the sinking Andania, but both missed or were duds. The Andania had been a Cunard White Star Line Passenger Liner before being requisitioned by the Admiralty in Sep 1939.
25 Jun 1940 The 3,828-ton Norwegian cargo ship Crux, built in 1923 and owned at the time of her loss by Bergenske Dampskibsselskab A/B, on voyage from Cardiff in Britain to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UA in the Atlantic Ocean.
14 Jul 1940 The 5,832-ton Norwegian steam tanker Sarita was in ballast and bound for Trinidad when she was hit at 1145 hours on her port side by a single torpedo fired from German submarine UA (Kapitänleutnant Hans Cohausz). The impact at the #7 tank caused enough damage for the master Carsten Grøm to order the abandonment of the vessel. The crew took to a lifeboat and two rafts. After an hour the submarine surfaced and opened fire, after 34 rounds, 11 of which were hits. Sarita listed to port but did not seem to be sinking; the empty starboard tankers were keeping the ship afloat. UA moved in closer and started to fire at the hull with the 2cm anti-aircraft gun. Sarita went under at 1138 hours after which the Germans pulled alongside and took the master onboard with the ship's papers and took care of two injured crew. Cohausz also offered to send a telegram to the ship's agents in St. Vincent to request assistance. Having returned to survivors in the water after speaking to the Germans, the master split the survivors between the lifeboat and rafts.
16 Jul 1940 Carsten Grøm, master of Norwegian steam tanker Sarita which was sunken by German submarine UA two days prior, still adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, ordered all survivors to disembark rafts and to board the lifeboat, which kept course for Barbados.
18 Jul 1940 British steam merchant Dunstan spotted the lifeboat containing survivors of Norwegian steam tanker Sarita, which was sunken by German submarine UA four days prior, in the Atlantic Ocean. The survivors were picked up and would be taken to Pernambuco, Brazil.

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