Burning Oil Tanker
An unidentified oil tanker burns after being torpedoed by a German U-Boat (submarine) on the Atlantic Ocean.
Massive flames (centre) rise from the ship, while a cloud of dark smoke fills the sky. Tankers carried a range of petroleum products essential to the Allied war effort, including lubricants and fuels for sea, land, and air equipment. This made them valuable ships, but also prime targets for the enemy. Flammable cargoes virtually guaranteed that torpedoed tankers would burst into flame, leaving their crews little chance of survival.
George Metcalf Archival Collection