October 1943 events of the Battle of the Atlantic  
  Naval Action in the Atlantic Ocean  
  Friday, October 1, 1943  
  The Soviet minesweeping trawler T-896 (No 42) was torpedoed and sunk by the U-960, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Günther Heinrich, approximately 60 miles northwest of Michailov Peninsula in the Kara Sea of the Arctic Ocean. All of the ship’s complement of 43 died.  
   
  Friday, October 8, 1943  
  While escorting Convoy SC-143, the Polish destroyer ORP Orkan was torpedoed and sunk by the U-378, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Erich Mäder, in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 184 died and 44 survivors were picked up by the destroyer HMS Musketeer (G 86).  
   
  Thursday, October 14, 1943  
  The submarine USS Dorado (SS 248) went missing on her maiden voyage between New London and the Canal Zone. After her scheduled date of arrival on 14 Oct, 1943, air searches were begun, but they only found widely scattered oil slicks and debris. It is believed that the USS Dorado hit a mine laid by the U-214.  
   
  Thursday, October 21, 1943  
  The minesweeping trawler HMS Orfasy (T 204) was torpedoed and sunk by the U-68, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Albert Lauzemis, approximately 185 miles southeast of Freetown, Sierra Leone in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. All of the ship’s complement of 30 died.  
   
  Saturday, October 23, 1943  
  The cruiser HMS Charybdis and destroyer HMS Limborne were sunk by the German motor torpedo boats T23 and T27 that were escorting a blockade in the English Channel off the coast of  France. 462 Royal Navy sailors were lost.  
   
  U-Boat Losses  
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  Attacks on Allied and Neutral Merchant Ships  
  Friday, October 1, 1943  
  Sailing with Convoy VA-18, the Soviet steam merchant Sergej Kirov was torpedoed and sunk by the U-703, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Joachim Brünner, 12 miles southeast of Izvestij Island in the Kara Sea of the Arctic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 53 survivors were picked up by the Soviet minesweeper T-909 (No 63). The 4,146 ton Sergej Kirov was carrying machinery equipment for the Norilsk plant.  
   
  Saturday, October 2, 1943  
  Sailing with Convoy KMS-27, the British steam merchant Stanmore was torpedoed and damaged beyond repair by the U-223, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Karl-Jürg Wächter, near Cape Ivi, Algeria in the central Mediterranean Sea. Of the ship’s complement, all 59 survived and were picked up by the minesweeping trawler HMS Filla (T 212). The 4,970 ton Stanmore was carrying government stores, including explosives and mail and was bound for Sicily.  
   
  Saturday, October 9, 1943  
  Sailing with Convoy SC-143, the American steam merchant Yorkmar was torpedoed and sunk by the U-645, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Otto Ferro, approximately 475 miles south of Iceland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 13 died and 54 survivors were picked up by the corvettes HMCS Kamloops (K 176) and HMS Duckworth (K 351). The 5,612 ton Yorkmar was carrying grain and general cargo, including dairy produce, truck parts and ammunition and a deck cargo of truck frames and was bound for Barry Roads, England.  
   
  Friday, October 15, 1943  
  Sailing with Convoy GUS-18, the American steam merchant James Russell Lowell was torpedoed and damaged beyond repair by the U-371, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Waldemar Mehl, off Cape de Fer, Algeria in the Mediterranean Sea. Of the ship’s complement, all 74 survived and were picked up by the armed whaler HMS Southern Sea. The 7,176 ton James Russell Lowell was carrying sand and gravel ballast and was bound for Hampton Roads, Virginia.  
   
  A straggler from Convoy ONS-20, the British steam merchant Essex Lance was torpedoed and sunk by the U-426, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Christian Reich, southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 52 survived and were picked up by the British rescue ship Accrington. The 6,625 ton Essex Lance was carrying anthracite and was bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
   
  Tuesday, October 19, 1943  
  Sailing with Convoy WB-65, the American steam merchant Delisle struck a mine and sank 15 miles off St. John’s, Newfoundland in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 42 survived and were picked up by the Canadian minesweeping trawler HMCS Miscou (T 277). The 3,478 ton Delisle was carrying zinc concentrate, machinery, vehicles, and asphalt and was bound for New York, New York.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy WB-65, the British steam merchant Penolver struck a mine and sank 15 miles off St. John’s, Newfoundland in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 26 died and 14 survivors were picked up by the Canadian minesweeping trawler HMCS Miscou (T 277). The 3,721 ton Penolver was carrying iron ore and was bound for Sydney, Nova Scotia.  
   
  Friday, October 22, 1943  
  The Norwegian steam tanker Litiopa was torpedoed and sunk by the U-68, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Albert Lauzemis, southeast of Freetown, Sierra Leone in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 35 survived reached land by lifeboat. The 5,356 ton Litiopa was carrying ballast and was bound for Freetown.  
   
  Saturday, October 23, 1943  
  The unescorted Brazilian steam merchant Campos was torpedoed and sunk by the U-170, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Günther Pfeffer, approximately 5 miles south of the Alcatrazes Island off the coast of Brazil in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean reached land by lifeboat. Of the ship’s complement and passengers, 12 died and 51 survivors reached land by lifeboat. The 4,663 ton Campos was carrying passengers and ballast and was bound for Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.  
   
  Sunday, October 24, 1943  
  The unescorted Norwegian motor merchant Siranger was torpedoed and sunk by the U-155, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Adolf Cornelius Piening, off the coast of Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 45 survived reached land by lifeboat except for the wounded third mate who was taken prisoner. The 5,393 ton Siranger was carrying general cargo, including 5 tanks, trucks, and road scrapers as deck cargo and was bound for Duala, Cameroon.  
   
  Sunday, October 31, 1943  
  Sailing with Convoy SL-138, the Norwegian steam merchant Hallfried was torpedoed and sunk by the U-262, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Heinz Franke, in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 31 died and 3 survivors were picked up by the destroyer HMS Wrestler. The 2,968 ton Hallfried was carrying copper ore and was bound for Ardrossan, Scotland.  
   
  The unescorted British steam merchant New Columbia was torpedoed and sunk by the U-68, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Albert Lauzemis, southwest of Bingerville, Ivory Coast in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 84 survived and were picked up by the British merchant Conakrian. The 6,574 ton New Columbia was carrying African produce, cotton, copper, beer, palm oil, copra, kernels, rice, and mail and was bound for Lagos, Nigeria.  
   
  Axis Merchant Shipping Losses  
  Monday, October 4, 1943  
  German shipping off the Norwegian coast, near Bodo, was attacked by aircraft from the USS Ranger, operating with the British Home Fleet. The battleships HMS Duke of York and HMS Anson provided support. Four German freighters were sunk and seven were badly damaged.  
   
  Other Battle of the Atlantic Events  
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