Talk:Convoy ONS 5

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Minor edit[edit]

I've changed the name of one of the combatants to Germany. It's been pointed out on another page that "Nazi Germany" never existed as an official name. Which seems fair enough. Xyl 54 15:46, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Footnote caption[edit]

I've deleted this, as the in-text citations needed have been added. Xyl 54 16:30, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Losses[edit]

There is some confusion amongst sources concerning which U-boats were sunk by which escorts. The following table lays out the sources used and their position. I have followed Kemp for the article.

U-boat sunk Roskill Gannon Kemp Neistle
U-630 Canso Vidette Canso Vidette
U-192 Pink loosestrife Pink Loosestrife
U-638 Loosestrife Sunflower Loosestrife Sunflower
U-125 Vidette Oribi, Snowflake Oribi, Snowflake Oribi, Snowflake
U-531 Oribi Vidette Snowflake, Vidette Vidette
U-438 Pelican Pelican Pelican Pelican

Also, Gannon and several other writers list U-439 and U-659 as casualties in this battle. These two boats were part of group Drossel and collided on 4 May 1943 while stalking a convoy; both sank. However, this occurred in the Eastern Atlantic, 300 miles of Vigo, when ONS-5 was nearing the Grand Banks; the convoy in question was south-bound, heading for Gibraltar and the Mediterranean. The confusion probably arises from the date, and that Drossel was subsequently ordered west, joining with boats from Finke in the attack on HX 237 the following week. Xyl 54 (talk) 11:25, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Move[edit]

I've moved this page to a British English format, as per Tag below. Xyl 54 (talk) 13:17, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

I’ve moved this now to the format suggested at the MilHist discussion on naming convoys. Xyl 54 (talk) 11:38, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


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This article is written in British English on the basis of strong national ties to the topic.
And it is the variety chosen by the first major contributor to the article.

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