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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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