S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Discussions related to the second world war.
Post Reply
georgetanksherman
Meritorious
Meritorious
Posts: 406
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:53 pm
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Commendations: 6
Contact:

S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:27 pm

Sgt Donald Houston, R.C.A.F., R/82806, from Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.

Researching this individual, it is thought that he was aboard the ship S.S. Shantung, but there is not a lot of info out there on the web about this ship. Sgt Houston's R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was reported missing, presumed dead as a result of the sinking of the S.S. Shantung. It caught fire in the Atlantic in Convoy HX 165 at position 59º 50' N 23º 30' W, which is south of Iceland, and was scuttled by shellfire on January 2nd 1942 at 62º 28' N 18º 30' W. Was this an accident ??? Was it attacked by a U-boat ???

any help and assistance with this would be appreciated.

Cheers

User avatar
Temujin
Meritorious
Meritorious
Posts: 1799
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Location: Canada
Commendations: 91

Re: S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Post by Temujin » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:40 pm

georgetanksherman wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:27 pm
Sgt Donald Houston, R.C.A.F., R/82806, from Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.

Researching this individual, it is thought that he was aboard the ship S.S. Shantung, but there is not a lot of info out there on the web about this ship. Sgt Houston's R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was reported missing, presumed dead as a result of the sinking of the S.S. Shantung. It caught fire in the Atlantic in Convoy HX 165 at position 59º 50' N 23º 30' W, which is south of Iceland, and was scuttled by shellfire on January 2nd 1942 at 62º 28' N 18º 30' W. Was this an accident ??? Was it attacked by a U-boat ???

any help and assistance with this would be appreciated.

Cheers
25E2729D-7592-4051-BB7A-E47A045E8162.jpeg
25E2729D-7592-4051-BB7A-E47A045E8162.jpeg (1.07 MiB) Viewed 26 times
09C64D6E-7152-4313-9862-F3657ADFC964.jpeg
09C64D6E-7152-4313-9862-F3657ADFC964.jpeg (26.14 KiB) Viewed 26 times
87E38587-E286-42DD-9AFB-5BE35FC3099D.jpeg
87E38587-E286-42DD-9AFB-5BE35FC3099D.jpeg (42.55 KiB) Viewed 26 times
B8E75B6D-84CA-412A-9EF7-D0ECB8EDC8E2.jpeg
B8E75B6D-84CA-412A-9EF7-D0ECB8EDC8E2.jpeg (127.89 KiB) Viewed 24 times

User avatar
Temujin
Meritorious
Meritorious
Posts: 1799
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Location: Canada
Commendations: 91

Re: S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Post by Temujin » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:37 pm

Admiralty War Diaries.

No mention of a torpedo attack.....it seems the ship caught fire. But let me check further
B68C21EC-C5BE-4171-B484-CB9367F22393.jpeg
B68C21EC-C5BE-4171-B484-CB9367F22393.jpeg (757.23 KiB) Viewed 24 times
7AE73C4A-2777-44BA-BA97-25EF347222D3.jpeg
7AE73C4A-2777-44BA-BA97-25EF347222D3.jpeg (680 KiB) Viewed 24 times

georgetanksherman
Meritorious
Meritorious
Posts: 406
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:53 pm
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Commendations: 6
Contact:

Re: S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:44 pm

Thanks Temujin, still looking, trying to find out if the original fire on ship was from an attack, German aircraft, U-Boat, or an accident of some sorts, it does look like the Allies had to sink it by shell fire a couple of days later ! It's the only ship that has given me problems with no info out there on it !

Hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy, thanks for the help !

Cheers !

User avatar
Temujin
Meritorious
Meritorious
Posts: 1799
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Location: Canada
Commendations: 91

Re: S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Post by Temujin » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:07 pm

82503841-90B9-42AC-BF71-4AACAEC8E419.jpeg
82503841-90B9-42AC-BF71-4AACAEC8E419.jpeg (446.9 KiB) Viewed 23 times

User avatar
Temujin
Meritorious
Meritorious
Posts: 1799
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Location: Canada
Commendations: 91

Re: S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Post by Temujin » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:14 pm

A6884AF2-92B9-4C96-9AEB-82FF5A6479EC.jpeg
A6884AF2-92B9-4C96-9AEB-82FF5A6479EC.jpeg (313.93 KiB) Viewed 23 times

User avatar
Temujin
Meritorious
Meritorious
Posts: 1799
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Location: Canada
Commendations: 91

Re: S.S. Shantung / Sgt Donald Houston

Post by Temujin » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:05 pm

From Admiralty War Diaries
966EE596-9E1D-46B1-8518-123DC351BCE5.jpeg
966EE596-9E1D-46B1-8518-123DC351BCE5.jpeg (587.5 KiB) Viewed 22 times
D67F25F9-3CC9-43AF-8B4E-0B63983F1CBE.jpeg
D67F25F9-3CC9-43AF-8B4E-0B63983F1CBE.jpeg (828.45 KiB) Viewed 19 times

Post Reply