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    Hello!

    My late uncle Joseph Henry Furlong was one of the 113 who was killed whilst serving onboard the SS Oropesa when it was sunk by U - Boat 96, Jan 1941.
    If anyone has any information regarding him or the crew it would be greatly appreciated!
    Any photos of the crew would be great!

    Many thanks,
    David

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    I think this was the oneOropesa-15.jpg

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    Hi Bob.
    Glad to see you are like me still around and kicking. Do you still go to the NSW Vindi meetings? With Apologies to David.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Sewter View Post
    Hello!

    My late uncle Joseph Henry Furlong was one of the 113 who was killed whilst serving onboard the SS Oropesa when it was sunk by U - Boat 96, Jan 1941.
    If anyone has any information regarding him or the crew it would be greatly appreciated!
    Any photos of the crew would be great!

    Many thanks,
    David

    Hello David. The U Boat .net site has some information HERE,including 111 persons who were on board.Your relative is listed.


    You should also find him and other known casualties commemorated on the CWGC Tower Hill Memorial-Panel 77.-ss Oropesa
    Regards
    Graham
    Last edited by Graham Shaw; 22nd September 2022 at 03:02 PM.

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    David,
    SS Oropesa. Pacific S N Co. Built 1920. 14118 tons gross.
    Torpedoed and sunk by U-96 (capt, Lehmann-Willenbrock) 16/1/41 at 56,28N 12,00W, SE of Rockall sailing independently Mombasa to UK with cargo of maize and copper and 41 passengers.
    The Master, Capt. Harry E H Croft, 98 crew, 1 gunner and 6 passengers were lost. 109 crew, 33 passengers and 1 gunner were rescued by HN Tugs Superman, Tenacity and Diligent and destroyer HMS Westcott and landed at Liverpool. (Slight discrepancy in numbers here)
    Hope this fills in some of the gaps
    Don Hooper (Ex Ellerman, Jardines, United Baltic and Comben-Longstaff + N Sea drillrig mover).

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    David Sewter...Re JOSEPH HENRY FURLONG-Commemoration Certificate;- Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    Further to my post #4 ,you can Download A Certificate HERE,then print it ,which is always a nice keepsake to include in a family history.

    Best Wishes
    Graham

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    Troopship Oropesa, 14,118grt, (Pacific SN Co.) had been sailing independently from Mombasa to the UK on government service carrying forty-one passengers made up of 35 naval ratings and 6 officers , plus a general cargo including copper and maize. On the 16th January 1941 in the early hours of the morning about 92 nautical miles South-East of Rockall the ship was hit in the stern by a torpedo from U-96. Forty minutes later a second torpedo missed the target and was followed by a third, which found its mark. Still the ship remained afloat and two hours after the first attack a fourth torpedo finally sank the ship in position 56’ 30N 11’ 40W. The Master, ninety-nine crewmembers, including a father and his son and six passengers perished. The Destroyer HMS Westcott and the naval tugs HMT Superman and HMT Tenacity rescued one hundred and ten crewmembers and thirty-three passengers and landed them at Liverpool.
    "Across the seas where the great waves grow, there are no fields for the poppies to grow, but its a place where Seamen sleep, died for their country, for you and for peace" (Billy McGee 2011)

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