Hunter Nickles Craddock

Hunter Nickles Craddock

Claymont, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 4 Apr 1943
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: He was on the MS Sunoil which was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic
Memorial ID 57831325 · View Source
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Hunter, who resided in Claymont, Delaware, served as a Able Seaman, M.S. Sunoil, U.S. Merchant Marine, during World War II.

The M.S. Sunoil was part of convoy HX-231 which was a group of 61 ships being guarded by the British Navy. They were en-route from Halifax, Nova Scotia to England. There was a crew of 69 on board which included "10" officers, "33" merchant mariners, and "26" navy armed guards.

The M.S. Sunoil, which due to engine trouble, was behind the rest of the convoy and was first hit by one torpedo fired by German submarine U-563. The armed guards were able to force the U-boat to submerge and they radioed a distress signal. The British HMS Vidette (D 48) soon was on the scene and prevented another immediate attack. The M.S. Sunoil continued on ....

Six hours later they were hit by a second torpedo fired by German Submarine U-530 which ended up sinking the ship. All "69" on board were lost.

Hunter was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He had served with the Merchant Marines for fifteen years at the time of his death.

He was posthumously awarded the Mariner's Medal and the Combat Bar with a Star.

Husband of Ruth Foster Craddock.

Hunter was 1 of 3 Delawareans that perished on the M.S. Sunoil.

The other two were:
"John Edward Dittman" of Clayton, Delaware.
"George Henry Foster" of Wilmington, Delaware.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )



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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 57831325
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hunter Nickles Craddock (unknown–4 Apr 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 57831325, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Body lost at sea, who reports a He was on the MS Sunoil which was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic.