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    18 April 1941, Convoy HG-58 was attacked in the morning by a FW200, the merchant ship CSIKOS was hit and damaged.

    That evening off the entrance to Milford Haven, the merchant ship BRITISH MUSICIAN was attacked and hit by a single aircraft. Damaged the rescue tug CAROLINE MILLER, stood by the damaged ship and later brought the ship into Milford Haven.

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    Lloyd's Register from 1940 courtesy of the Southampton City Libraries and Archives Services PLIMSOLL ship data project file number 40a0262.
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    Cargo ship Csikos, 3,938grt, (Anglo-Hungarian Shipping Co. Ltd) loaded with a cargo of steel plate and scrap at New Orleans for Ardrossan had safely crossed the Atlantic and joined the 25 ship Convoy HG-58, which departed Gibraltar on the 3rd April 1941. By the 10th April, the Csikos had been struggling along with the convoy with a serious leak in her forepeak, threatening to flood number one hold and at one point was preparing to leave the convoy and make for the Azores. With her pumps working overtime, the main bulkhead into number one hold was shored up. On the 18th April, about 75 nautical miles West, North-West of Co. Mayo, Ireland a lone German Focke-Wulf Condor aircraft attacked the convoy, dropping four bombs, without causing any losses. As the aircraft flew by the Csikos, the ship was strafed by machine gun fire seriously injuring three crewmembers. The escort Destroyer HMS Chelsea took these three men onboard, where unfortunately the ships Third Officer died after the operation to remove the bullet and was buried at sea. The shock of the explosions close by the Csikos had caused a major leak, so the ship was ordered to leave the convoy and head for Londonderry, where the ship was taken in tow to Lough Foyle. One survivor died in Hospital in Londonderry and was buried locally. At the time of this incident, the Second Engineer was none other than Victoria Drummond, OBE, MBE, the first British marine engineer, who was also the Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. In 1940, she had been serving on the SS Bonita when attacked by German bombers. Ordering the engine room crew out she single-handed kept the engines running at full power. She was later awarded an OBE and Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea for her actions. The CWGC records one other crewmember from the Csikos, who died in July 1944 and was probably one of the two men injured in the attack. There is also a memorial in Greenock, Scotland recording those lost from the Merchant Navy in WWII. There is reference to William Murdoch Campbell dying in 1942 and the ship is recorded as the Csikos, but there is no reference to this in the Deaths at Sea Register or any surviving records to indicate if he was on-board the ship at the time of the incident in 1941. As for the Csikos herself, she was eventually sunk in 1944 at Normandy as part of the breakwater for the D-Day landings.
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    Thanks for the update and information.

    Keith.
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