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Winkler

Tuesday, February 23, 1943
U-Boat Attack en route to New York
The Panamanian flag tanker Winkler was torpedoed by U-223. ... While en route to New York. The crippled ship fell behind the convoy and was struck by a torpedo from U-628. The ship was impeded by a slight list but held to be in good condition overall. Delayed by the retrieval of survivors from another of U-628's victims, Winkler was ordered back to the convoy by the receintly arrived HMS Dianthus. ... Less than an hour later, two torpedoes from U-223 sank Winkler in less than a minute. U-223 dove under the survivors in the water, avoiding depth charge attack from Dianthus. Dianthus recovered the survivors.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 19

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c William Alston USN
Sea 1c Nick Burden USN
Messman Hendrich Burg USMM
Oiler Gustav Byberg USMM
Sea 1c Mark Dias USN
Wiper Evald Dressler USMM
Chief Mate Hans Eid USMM
A.B. Lee Fontenot USMM
Sea 1c Edward Fortuna USN
Steward Charles Frieling USMM
O.S. Simon Johannesson USMM
A.B. John Mcrae USMM
2nd Engineer Svante Olsson USMM
Oiler Axel Sjoberg USMM
O.S. Hugh Smith USMM
2nd Mate Erling Sonstevold USMM
2nd Cook Francisco Valdez USMM
A.B. Frans Van Gansean USMM
Sea 1c Oran Walker USN