Monday, 11 November 2013

Sub Lieutenant (S) Cyril Bert Jackaman

Sub Lieutenant (S) Cyril Bert Jackaman
Royal Naval Reserve

HMS Manistee
24th February 1941
Age 24

At 22.42 hours on 23 Feb, 1941, u107 fired a spread of two torpedoes at HMS Manistee (F 104) (LtCdr Eric Haydn Smith, RNR) south of Iceland and scored a hit in the engine room. The ship had escorted the convoy OB228 until it was dispersed at 21.00 hours the same day. She was also attacked by the Italian submarine Bianchi (Giovannini), which fired a torpedo at 22.56 hours, claimed a hit in the stern from a distance of 600 metres and then continued to chase other ships of the convoy.
At 22.58 hours, U107 fired two coups de grâce that missed because the ship suddenly continued. Also a stern torpedo fired at 23.42 hours missed because it was a surface-runner. The U-boat began a long chase of the zigzagging ship and fired two torpedoes at 07.58 hours on 24 February. One of them hit in the stern and caused the ship to sink in 58°55N/20°50W. HMS Churchill  was ordered to search for survivors, but found none. The commander, 18 officers and 122 ratings were lost.


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