August 1943 events of the Battle of the Atlantic  
 
  Naval Action in the Atlantic Ocean  
  Thursday, August 5, 1943  
  The gunboat USS Plymouth (PG 57) was torpedoed and sunk by the U-566, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Hans Hornkohl, about 120 miles southeast of Cape Henry, Virginia in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 70 died and 85 survivors were picked up by the patrol vessel USCGC Calypso (WPC 104).  
   
  The 80 ton Soviet motor boat Majakovski struck a mine and sank southeast of Koglujew in the Kara Sea.  
   
  Wednesday, August 25, 1943  
  The Soviet salvage vessel ASO-1 Shkval struck two mines and sank in the east part of the Yugorskij Shar Strait in the Kara Sea in the Arctic Ocean.  
   
  U-Boat Losses  
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  Attacks on Allied and Neutral Merchant Ships  
  Sunday, August 1, 1943  
  A straggler from Convoy TJ-2, the Brazilian steam merchant Bagé was torpedoed and then sunk by gunfire by the U-185, commanded by Kapitänleutnant August Maus, off the Rio Real Estuary, Sergipe, Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement and passengers, 28 died and 106 survived. The 8,235 ton Bagé was carrying passengers and general cargo, including rubber, fibre, cashew nuts, leather and cotton, and was headed for Santos, Brazil.  
   
  Wednesday, August 4, 1943  
  The unescorted British steam merchant Dalfram was torpedoed and sunk by the U-181, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Wolfgang Lüth, east of Madagascar in the western Indian Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 3 died and 40 survivors reached land by lifeboat. The 4,558 ton Dalfram was carrying coal and was headed for Alexandria, Egypt.  
   
  Thursday, August 5, 1943  
  The unescorted Greek steam merchant Efthalia Mari was torpedoed and sunk by the U-177, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Robert Gysae, east of Madagascar in the western Indian Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 42 survived. The 4,195 ton Efthalia Mari was carrying coal and was headed for Alexandria, Egypt.  
   
  Friday, August 6, 1943  
  The unescorted British steam merchant Fort Halkett was torpedoed and then sunk by gunfire by the U-185, commanded by Kapitänleutnant August Maus, about 600 miles southeast of Natal, Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 59 survived and were picked up by the destroyer USS Goldsborough (DD 188). The 7,133 ton Fort Halkett was carrying ballast and was headed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  
   
  Saturday, August 7, 1943  
  Dispersed from Convoy OS-52, the Norwegian motor merchant Fernhill was torpedoed and sunk by the U-757, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Friedrich Deetz, about 300 miles west of Sierra Leone in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 4 died and 40 survivors were picked up by the American steam tanker Idaho except for the third engineer who was taken prisoner. The 4,116 ton Fernhill was carrying general cargo, including ammunition and was headed for Buenos Aires. Argentina.  
   
  Thursday, August 26, 1943  
  Sailing with Convoy UGS-14, the American steam merchant John Bell was torpedoed and sunk by the U-410, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Horst-Arno Fenski, off La Calle, Algeria in the central Mediterranean Sea. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 71 survivors were picked up by the minesweeper HMS BYMS-23 and the South African armed whaler HMSAS Southern Maid (T 27). The 7,242 ton John Bell was carrying general military cargo and was headed for Bandar Shahpur, Iran.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy UGS-14, the American steam merchant Richard Henderson was torpedoed and sunk by the U-410 off La Calle. Of the ship’s complement, all 70 survived. The 7,194 ton Richard Henderson was carrying general military cargo and high explosives and was headed for Bandar Shahpur, Iran.  
   
  Saturday, August 28, 1943  
  Sailing with a small convoy, the Soviet steam merchant Dikson was torpedoed and sunk by the U-302, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Herbert Sickel, near Mona Island in the Arctic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 63 survived and were picked up by the Soviet tug Severoles (No 18). The 2,920 ton Dikson was headed for Kozhevnikov Bay.  
   
  Axis Merchant Shipping Losses  
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  Other Battle of the Atlantic Events  
  Wednesday, August 25, 1943  
  The German tested a new guided bomb, the Hs293, for the first time in an unsuccessful attack on an Allied escort vessel in the Bay of Biscay.  
     
   
     
   
 

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