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India Arrow

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 4, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Cape May, NJ
The Tanker SS india Arrow was attacked by U-103 about twenty miles southeast of Cape May New Jersey. She was en route, unescorted to New Jersey from Corpus Cristi, Texas. ... The explosion from the torpedo destroyed the aft section lifeboats and setting the diesel fuel cargo on fire. The ship sank within ten minutes. ... Eight men were lost in the aft section of the ship, eighteen were lost when the their lifeboat was dragged under with the sinking ship.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 26

Namesort descending Service Branch
Messman Ruffus Alston USMM
Oiler Joseph Anger USMM
F/W Victor Armanini USMM
A.B. Ernest Baldwin USMM
1st Engineer Thomas Brittingham USMM
2nd Mate Arthur Brouillet USMM
Wiper Ira Buhrman USMM
Chief Mate Joseph Davis USMM
Pumpman Harris Ellinekas USMM
Messman Michael Finn USMM
Chief Cook Thomas Harris USMM
Jr. 3rd Engineer Stanton Heater USMM
Utility Nicholas Hetz USMM
Steward Karl Huhnergarth USMM
A.B. James Kerr USMM
Wiper Olivier Lejeune USMM
Oiler Henry Moody USMM
Cook Thomas Nilsen USMM
O.S. Michael Schwartz USMM
Oiler Anthony Simon USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking