July 1944 events of the Battle of the Atlantic  
  Naval Action in the Atlantic Ocean  
  Wednesday, July 5, 1944  
  The antisubmarine trawler HMS Ganilly (T 376) was torpedoed and sunk by the U-390, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Heinz Geissler, off Utah Beach, Normandy in the English Channel/. Of the ship’s complement, 39 died.  
   
  Monday, July 17, 1944  
  The British carriers HMS Formidable (67), HMS Indefatigable (10), and HMS Furious (47) escorted by the battleship Duke of York (17) launched unsuccessful air attacks against the German battleship Tirpitz at anchor at Kaafiord, Norway. The incoming strike was detected and a smoke screen effectively concealed the target.  
   
  Thursday, July 20, 1944  
  The Brazilian troop transport Vital de Oliveira was torpedoed and sunk by the U-861, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Jürgen Oesten, about 25 miles south of São Tomé lighthouse off the coast of Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 100 died and 175survivors were picked up by the submarine chaser Javarí (CS 51) and with the Brazilian fishing vessel Guanabara. The 1,737 ton Vital de Oliveira was carrying troops and wood and was headed for Rio de Janeiro, Brzail.  
   
  Saturday, July 29, 1944  
  The British landing ship Infantry HMS Prince Leopold was torpedoed and sunk by the U-621, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Hermann Stuckmann, off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel. Of the ship’s complement and passengers, 17 died. The 2,938 ton HMS Prince Leopold was carrying troops and vehicles and was headed for Cherbourg, France.  
   
  U-Boat Losses  
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  Attacks on Allied and Neutral Merchant Ships  
  Sunday, July 2, 1944  
  The unescorted Dutch steam merchant Bodegraven was torpedoed and sunk by the U-547, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Heinrich Niemeyer, about 200 miles south of Monrovia, Liberia in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement and passengers, 9 died and 102 survived. The 5,593 ton Bodegraven was carrying passengers, general cargo, food, and copper and was headed for the United Kingdom.  
   
  Wednesday, July 5, 1944  
  Sailing with Convoy ETC-27, the British steam merchant Glendinning was torpedoed and sunk by the U-953, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Karl-Heinz Marbach, off Cap d´Antifer in the English Channel. Of the ship’s complement, 4 died and 29 survivors were picked up by the British motor launch HM ML-250 of the 19th ML-Flotilla. The 1,927 ton Glendinning was carrying ballast and was headed for London, England.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy ETC-26, the Norwegian steam merchant Ringen was torpedoed and sunk by the U-763, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Ernst Cordes, off the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died. The 1,499 ton Ringen was carrying war material and was headed for Normandy.  
   
  The British steam trawler Noreen Mary was sunk by gunfire by the U-247, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Gerhard Matschulat, 20 miles west of Cape Wrath, Scotland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 8 died and 2 survived. The 207 ton Noreen Mary was carrying ballast.  
   
  Friday, July 7, 1944  
  The unescorted American steam tanker Esso Harrisburg was torpedoed and sunk by the U-516, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Hans-Rutger Tillessen, about 200 miles northwest of Aruba in the Caribbean Sea. Of the ship’s complement, 8 died and 64 survived. The 9,887 ton Esso Harrisburg was carrying crude oil and was headed for New York, New York.  
   
  Monday, July 24, 1944  
  Sailing with Convoy FTM-47, the British steam merchant Samneva was torpedoed and damaged beyond repair by the U-309, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Gert Mahrholz, in the English Channel. Of the ship’s complement, all 70 survived. The 7,219 ton Samneva was carrying ballast and was headed for Southend, England.  
   
  The unescorted American steam merchant William Gaston was torpedoed and sunk by the U-861, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Jürgen Oesten, about 150 miles southeast of Florianopolis, Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 67 survived and were picked up by the seaplane tender USS Matagorda (AVP 22). The 7,177 ton William Gaston was carrying corn and was headed for Baltimore, Maryland.  
   
  Tuesday, July 25, 1944  
  The unescorted American steam merchant Robin Goodfellow was torpedoed and sunk by the U-862, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Heinrich Timm, in the southern Atlantic Ocean. All of the ship’s complement of 68 died. The 6,885 ton Robin Goodfellow was carrying chrome ore and was headed for New York, New York.  
   
  Axis Merchant Shipping Losses  
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  Other Battle of the Atlantic Events  
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