David Freedman

Second Radio Officer, S.S. Arletta
Died 5 Aug 1942
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial
Age 22

David was born in April 1920 in Chorlton, Greater Manchester to Herman who was born in Moldova and Annie nee Gotliffe who was born in Manchester. David was the youngest of six children and their father Herman was a grey cloth merchant who died in 1936.

David was a second radio officer on S.S. Arletta which departed from Grangemouth enroute to Halifax unescorted with a cargo of ballast. At 16.13 hours on 5 August 1942 the Arletta a straggler from convoy ON-115 was torpedoed and sunk by U-458 south-southwest of Cape Race. The master, 27 crew members and six gunners were lost. The chief officer William M. Duncan and four crew members were rescued after 15 days adrift by the US Coast Guard weather ship USS Menemsha (AG 39) and landed at Boston on 25 August.