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Old 23rd June 2010, 14:41
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attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

Does anyone have any details on the attack against the "W. Goathland" on 25 August 1940. I only have the few words in Neitzel's Luftwaffe over the Atlantic/North Sea volume to go on.

I've tried googling "W. Goathland" (which is as it is listed in Neitzel, p.77) and come up short, likewise Rohwer's volume on the war at sea offers nothing.

Any details on a/c (Vkz, crew esp.), flight path, area, clarrification of date/time would be appreciated

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Old 23rd June 2010, 15:07
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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

Hello Adam,

The SS Goathland was sunk on August 25 1940, 630 km west of Lands End by an Fw200 of I./KG40. Three SC250 bombs were dropped one making a direct hit forward on the vessel which went down at 50°20.9xx' North 015°07.9xx' West. All I have on the subject I'm afraid.
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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

Hello Adam,
A little more ...

http://www.uboat.net/wwi/ships_hit/2558.html

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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

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Wrong war!

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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

Many thanks to the both of you for the information. Any idea why Neitzel would have refered to the boat as the "W. Goathland"? And, more importantly, to which Staffel was the Fw 200 credited with the attack attached to?

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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

If you want more particulars about the ship and any convoy associations, your best bet is the tremendously useful Arnold Hague Convoy site:

http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/

If you are more determined you could also try:

http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/

but this requires a membership. I hear that there are other ship registries.

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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

Many thanks for the links Doug. Unfortunately it brings nothing up about the attack.
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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

Adam,

Goathland sailed with convoy SL-41, when attacked on 25 August by FW200. Aircraft made three bombing runs over the ship. The first two attacks dropped two bombs and were near misses. Ship was machine gunned on each bommbing attack. The third attack with again two more bombs was better aimed and both bombs hit No. 2 cargo hold. Captain described markings on the aircraft as being 'A white ball having a wide yellow ring round it resembling the planet Saturn'.

Crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, one with 18 survivors was picked up by the Irish ship Lanarhone and landed in Ireland.

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Re: attack on shipping, 25.08.1940

Hi Mark,

Goathland can't have been part of SL-41 when attacked as this convoy arrived in Liverpool on the 14th.

However, the information on the damage caused is very useful.

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