UJ 102 - KT 40

Russia,Black Sea

German ship losses in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea was taking a great toll on the war effort, and a joint program to counter this was  launched between Germany and Italy In French, Italian, Hungarian and Italian shipyards they started producing fast manufactured transport vessels. According to historical sources KT 40 was built in Italy, and converted at Nikolaev shipyard to a submarine hunter in 1942. She was assigned to the newly formed 1. U-Bootsjagdflottille in Constanta in the summer 1943. Hunting a Soviet submarine outside Yevpatoria, she blew up and sank 12. December 1943. It is believed she accidentally struck the cargo of ammunition of the wreck Santa Fe with depth charges. The wreck rest today standing on her keel on a depth of 15 to 20 meter southwest of Kalamitshy Bay, only a few hundred meters from the wreck of the German steamer Santa Fe.

Former names:
Kriegstransporter 40
62,0 x 11,0 x 2,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
834 grt
( IT ) 1941
Constanta ( RO )

45°05'00.0"N 33°16'00.0"E
( Approx location )

Picture: UJ-110, former KT 25
Courrtesy of Weapons & Warfare

Last updated: August 2017