SS Fingal was a Norwegian merchant ship of 2,137 tons which was sunk during World War II off the coast of Australia.
was built at Moss Værft
, Norway 1923.
In December 1941, the steamer had been damaged by Japanese bombing when en route between Rangoon and Calcutta.
In May 1943, the Fingal
was under charter to Australian Government
. She was sailing from Sydney
shipping cargo and ammunition escorted by USS Patterson
crewed by 31 men, mainly Scandinavian, apart from six Australians including two Royal Australian Navy
At about 1:35pm off Nambucca Heads, New South Wales
on 5 May 1943, two torpedoes fired from the Japanese submarine I-180
slammed into the side of her hull. Fingal
sank within a minute and the USS Patterson
dropped depth charges and immediately left the area.
Survivors from the sinking ship clung to debris. A RAAF Avro Anson
DG696 from No. 71 Squadron
, crewed by Sergeant Geoffery Gillmore (pilot), Flying Officer Max Sharrad (Navigator) and Sergeant J "Poppa" Hall (WAG), operating out of Coffs Harbour was escorting her at the time, flying about 10 miles ahead of the ship. DG696 saw that she had been hit by a torpedo, returned to the area, found the survivors and requested that... Read More