Født: Arendal - 10 mai 1895
Bosted: Kristiansand - Kristiansand kommune.
Død: 15 januar 1945
Gunvald Ulriksen omkom 15 januar 1945 da M/T "Spinanger" ble truffet av en torpedo i maskinrommet da skipet var 1 nautisk mil av Clyde Light.
Kildene forteller:Krigsseilerregisteret skriver:
M/T "Spinanger" ble torpedert. Var på reise fra New York til Londonderry og gikk derfra til Greenock uten eskorte. Skipet ble torpedert 15. januar 1945 av tysk U 1172 (Oberleutnant sur Zee Jürgen Kuhlmann) i posisjon 1 n. mil av Clyde Light Vessel i North Channel. M/T "Spinanger" ble truffet i maskinrommet. Tre av maskin besetningen døde øyeblikkelig, og flere ble såret. En britisk redningsbåt kom til og tok de sårede i land, der en såret motormann avgikk ved døden. Slepebåt kom til og fikk slept skipet til land, der det ble fortøyd i en bøye i Rothesay, Uk.
At 14.05 hours on 15 Jan 1945 the unescorted M/T "Spinanger" (Master Jørgen Eikanger) was hit starboard side aft by one torpedo from the german, type VIIC/41 u-boat U-1172, commanded by Oberleutnant sur Zee Jürgen Kuhlmann about 1 mile off Clyde Light Vessel. The U-boat did not return from patrol but reported the attack, which was confirmed by the xB-Dienst. The explosion wrecked the engines, killed three men on watch below and badly injured four others. A destroyer on patrol in the area transferred a doctor to the tanker before a RAF rescue launch took the injured to port, where one died as a result of his burns. After four hours, the damaged tanker was taken in tow by HMS Barfield (Z 42) and arrived the next day in Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute. She was later towed to Rothesay and returned to service after being repaired.Minnehallen i Stavern skriver:
Gunvald Ulriksen omkom 15 januar 1945 da M/T "Spinanger" ble truffet av en torpedo i maskinrommet da skipet var 1 nautisk mil av Clyde Light.De norske som omkom ombord på M/T "Spinanger" :
Brian Kildahl Larsen - Lettmatros, Lars Vestvik - Motormann, Gunvald Ulriksen - Motormann, Nicolai Lindtner Olsen - Motormann, Lars Bø - Maskinist.
Final fate:M/T "Spinanger" had joined Convoy HX 329 from New York on Dec. 29-1944 (for which Emma Bakke served as the Commodore Vessel).
M/T "Spinanger" arrived Londonderry on Jan. 13-1945, then departed without escort for Greenock on the 15th. That same day she was torpedoed, starboard side aft, by U-1172 (Kuhlmann) about 1 n mile off Clyde Light Vessel. 3 of the people in the engine room were killed, 4 were badly injured.
A doctor from one of the destroyers sailing in the area came on board to see to the injured, until an RAF Rescue Launch arrived later to take them to port, where one died as a result of his burns. This man had been rescued by Gunner B. S. Thorsen, who had gone down into the oil and water filled engine room to find him and bring him up on deck.
M/T "Spinanger" was taken in tow to Rothesay, repaired .
According to A. Hague, she was laid up damaged at Gareloch, where she had arrived on March 11.
The following are commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway
Engineer Lars Bø, Motorman Nicolai Lindtner Olsen (had also served on Fernhill - see this Guestbook message), Motorman Gunvald Ulriksen (previously of Octavian) and Motorman Lars Vestvik.
Kilder: Krigsseilerregisteret, www.uboat.net, Minnehallen i Stavern og www.warsailors.com