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Aquino/El Kantara sunk 1943

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cam:
Colleagues,

http://www.tynebuiltships.co.uk/E-Ships/elkantara1932.html
Please help me find out under what circumstances the Italian vessel Aquino (5079 gt) / ex-French passenger ship El Kantara / ex-French auxiliary cruiser X18 was sunk on  23 or 24 April 1943. It followed from Livorno to Tunisia, but along the way it was sunk either by bombers B-17  on April 24 or by torpedo bombers Beaufort  on April 23. What cargo did the ship carry and what ships was escorted?

cam

MarkusL:
Hello, according to "Navi Mercantili Perdute" of USdMM Aquino left Livorno at April 22nd 1943, hit by three bombs of US B 17 at April 23rd, 17:15; loaded with fuel cargo, caught fire and was sunk by escort.
Regards
markus

cam:
Thanks Markus.

I read that Aquino was the last victory of torpedo bombers Beaufort .
Three days later he was promoted to Pilot Office, and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal effective May 19, 1943. He flew again near Marettimo on April 23, 1943, and highly damaged the merchant vessel Aquino.
http://images.ourontario.ca/brant/2756083/data
On April 23, 1943, he participated in another notable sortie, again near Marettimo, involving the destruction of the 5,000-ton Aquino, a heavily damaged merchant vessel. Nesbit notes that this was the last vessel sunk by Beaufort torpedoes, and Balkwill was almost certainly the last Beaufort pilot to use the weapon.
https://legionmagazine.com/en/2011/04/dropping-fish-air-force-part-44/

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