I am trying to trace the names of the crew of SS Southland and the medals they were awarded for their part in engaging a U-Boat whilst sailing from Newfoundland to UK in Convoy RB1. The Convoy comprised of 2 Escorts Vanoc, Veteran 8 assorted vessels including Southland and sister boat Northland. They sailed on 21 September 1942. Four days later, U-Boats found them. On the 5th day during the afternoon, Southland engaged a U-boat firing 14 rounds from its 12 pounder gun at a periscope. This disappeared but another was spotted and the Southland gun fired 18 rounds at it and it disappeared. The Southland was given credit for a probable kill. The convoy lost 3 ships sunk. A newspaper article by the Washington Evening News refers to this engagement And refers to certain members of the crew receiving awards from George VI. I have the history of the Southland and Northland from when they were built until they are scraped, but I am struggling to find this important part of their history. Any help would be appreciated. Just a bit of clarification the Northlands name was changed and became Leyden (1X-167) and there was also a destroyer named Southland.
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Since the SS Southland and Convoy RB1 were British, we suggest you contact the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England and The National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, United Kingdom.
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