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Tramp steamer ‘Kensington Court’ sunk by gunfire

The crew of 'Kensington Court' about to be rescued

At 12.38 hours on 18 Sep, 1939, the unescorted Kensington Court (Master Joseph Schofield) was stopped by U-32 with 13 shots of gunfire about 120 miles west of Lands End. The ship was sunk by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 14.00 hours. The master and 34 crew members were rescued by a Sunderland aircraft (228 Sqdn RAF, pilot F/Lt Thurston M.W. Smith) and the Sunderland L5802 (204 Sqdn RAF/E, pilot F/Lt John Barrett). On 2 November, each pilot was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for their feat.

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