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Name
ORFASY
Construction
STEEL
Type
MINESWEEPER
Date
1942
Description
Yard Number: 678
Isles Class Trawler
Pennant number T204.
Lost 22nd October 1943 - thought to have been torpedoed by U-boat off West Africa.
Owner
Admiralty 'Isles' class corvette
Shipbuilder
A. HALL & Co., Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 150' x breadth 27' 6" x depth 15'
Gross Tonnage: 465ton
Armament
1x 102mm (1x1 AA)
3x 20mm (3x1 AA)

FATE : Orfasy had departed Lagos on Oct.16-1943 bound for Freetown escorting by the Norwegian Nortraship tanker Litiopa.(The Norwegian Tankers were of extreme importance to the British. Without these boats, it would have been harder for the allied forces to keep up the intense bombardment which actually led to the foundation of what was to become the invasion of Normandy.)

On Oct. 21-1943 the sounds of depth charges from Orfasy was heard twice, then a heavy explosion nearby shook Litiopa. Suddenly, at around 03:30 on Oct. 22, 06 18N 11 55W, the Litopia found herself the victim of intense shelling from the port side, and at about the same time she was also attacked from the starboard side. Her gun was damaged as were one of her machine guns and a lifeboat. Her engine was stopped and her crew ordered to be ready by the lifeboats. About 15 minutes later she was again fired upon from the starboard side and this time 4 lifeboats were launched. All 35 Litopia crew survived these attacks, though from the lifeboats they thought they saw 3* U-boats taking part in the shelling, which lasted until 05:00 that morning.

* It appears only 1 U-boat attacked, namely U-68 (Lauzemis). The Orfasy had previously gone down with all her men. Roger Jordan and Jürgen Rohwer both say Litiopa was torpedoed and sunk (as opposed to shelled) by U-68.