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Background[ edit ] HX 90 was an eastbound convoy of 41 ships which sailed from HalifaxNova ScotiaCanadaon 21 November bound for LiverpoolEnglandand carrying war materials. The convoy, made up of contingents from Halifax, Sydney and Bermuda was haliax by convoy commodore V. Alleyne in Botavon. Ranged against them was a pack of seven German submarines — U-boats — reinforced by three Italian haliffax operating with them in the Atlantic Ocean. These were deployed in a patrol line at the fringe of the Western Approaches, hoping to intercept eastbound convoys before they met their escorts.

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Background[ edit ] HX 90 was an eastbound convoy of 41 ships which sailed from HalifaxNova ScotiaCanadaon 21 November bound for LiverpoolEnglandand carrying war materials. The convoy, made up of contingents from Halifax, Sydney and Bermuda was esvorts by convoy commodore V. Alleyne in Botavon.

Ranged against them hlaifax a pack of seven German submarines — U-boats — reinforced by three Italian submarines operating with them in the Atlantic Ocean. These were deployed in a patrol line at the fringe of the Western Approaches, hoping to intercept eastbound convoys before they met their escorts.

Her skipper, Mengersen, was ordered to shadow and report. Townsend, arrived from OB That evening, Mengersen was no longer able to resist attacking. He fired all twelve of his torpedoesclaiming four ships sunk me two damaged; [3] in fact he sank three ships during the night — Apalachee, Kavak, and Lady Glanely — and damaged another, Loch Ranza.

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Just after midnight on 2 December, U ed, skippered by U-boat ace Gunther Prien ; his attack sank one ship, Ville D'Arlon, which had become separated from the convoy, and damaged another, Conch. Prien attacked a third ship, Dunsley, with his deck gun, but was driven off by an escort ship. Later U ed, attacking the damaged Conch; Conch was again hit, but remained afloat.

Kretschmer attacked her, and hit Forfar five times with torpedoes; she sank with the loss of of her crew, leaving 21 survivors. esxorts

On the morning of 2 December the pack was ed by Uwhich sank two ships, Tasso and Goodleigh. Laurentwhich had been travelling with Forfar but had detached to reinforce HX 90's escort. Viscount and St. Laurent attacked numerous asdic contacts, making thirteen depth-charge attacks over four hours.

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No U-boats were hit, but all were kept submerged and silent, allowing HX 90 to escape. Later that evening, however, the convoy was sighted again, by newcomer U ; she attacked during the night of 2—3 December and sank two more ships, Stirlingshire and Wilhelmina. Also that night, U found and sank a straggler, Victoria City, [4] though other sources say she was sunk by U [5] and the damaged Conch, which she also sank.

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The convoy met its local escort on 5 December and arrived in Liverpool later that day. None of the attacking U-boats had been sunk or damaged.

Nevertheless, the attack on HX 90 was a setback for the Alliesand one of the more serious convoy ecorts of the Atlantic campaign.