Submarine attacks

The CSM tanker LUCRECIA torpedoed by U-34 in July 1940. The ship broke and sank shortly after this photo was made (photo www.uboat.net)
The CSM tanker LUCRECIA torpedoed by U-34 in July 1940. The ship broke and sank later that day (photo www.uboat.net)

During WW2 more than 3000 merchant vessels were attacked by German U-boats. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, unrestricted submarine warfare broke out in the Caribbean Sea and surrounding waters. Many Allied merchant ships fell victim to torpedoes and grenades of German submarines. On our islands a number of foreign seaman were buried who were victims of those attacks.

In the overview below the following information is given:
LAST NAME, first name(s)
Position/rank/ship/organisation
Place and date of birth
Place and date of death

Information about the attack
Place of burial (if known).

 

BURTON, James Todd

3rd Engineer, tanker Pedernales, Lago Shipping Co. (UK)

Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK), 13 September 1914

Aruba, 16 February 1942

Injured when ship was torpedoed and damaged by German submarine U-156, at anchor near San Nicolas, Aruba. Brought ashore in a lifeboat and died later that day in hospital of his wounds.

Buried Protestant Cemetery, Oranjestad (Aruba).


FA KING

2nd Cook, tanker Rosalia, Curaçaosche Scheepvaart Maatschappij (CSM)

Unknown (China), appr. 1905

Caribbean Sea, 27 July 1943

Killed when ship was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-615 near Curaçao. Body found by MTB-30 or MRB-50 and brought ashore on 28 July.

Buried Cemetery Kolebra Bèrdè, Cas Chiquito, Willemstad (Curaçao).


LITTLE, Horace Russell

Chief Cook, tanker McDowell, Marine Transport Lines Inc., New York (USA)

Unknown (California, USA), appr. 1917

Aruba, 22 December 1943

Wounded when ship was attacked and sunk by German submarine U-516 on 16 December. The crew was rescued by the tanker Fairfax and support vessel USS YMS-56. Little was brought ashore on Aruba and died of his wounds in hospital on 22 December.

Buried Roman Catholic Cemetery, San Nicolas (Aruba). In February 1947 transferred to Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo county (California, USA).


MICHELSEN, Jens P.

Captain, tanker Leda, Standard Oil Co. (Panama)

Aarhus (Denmark), 9 July 1889

Caribbean Sea, 4 November 1942

Wounded when ship was torpedoed in convoy TAG-18 on 3 November by German submarine U-160 near Grenada. Rescued by escort vessel USS PC-495, but died at sea of his wounds on 4 November. His body was landed ashore in Willemstad and buried on 5 November.

Buried Protestant Cemetery, Roodeweg, Willemstad (Curaçao).


MOMBELARDI, LawrenceMombelardi

Machinist, tanker Cities Service Missouri, Baltimore Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Co. (USA)

Unknown (Italy), emigrated to USA in 1917, 21 August 1899

Caribbean Sea, 13 March 1943

Severely wounded when ship was torpedoed by German submarine U-68 in convoy GAT-49 on 12 March. Crew was rescued by escort USS Biddle, but Mombelardi died of his wounds aboard the ship on 13 March before arrival in Willemstad.

Buried Roman Catholic Cemetery, Roodeweg, Willemstad (Curaçao). In October 1947 transferred to Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, Suffolk county (New York, USA).


YONG AH CHONG

Sailor, tanker Rosalia, Curaçaosche Scheepvaart Maatschappij (CSM)

Unknown (China), appr. 1890

Caribbean Sea, 27 July 1943

Killed when ship was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-615 near Curaçao. Body found by MTB-30 or MRB-50 and brought ashore on 28 July.

Buried Cemetery Kolebra Bèrdè, Cas Chiquito, Willemstad (Curaçao).