On 25 February 1944, a Catalina aircraft of 210 Squadron attacked and sank U-601 which was trailing the convoy. Mahratta was struck by two T5 Gnat torpedoes fired by U-990 off the coast of Norway, some 200 miles (320 km) off Nordkapp. She sank at 71°17′N 13°30′E / 71.283°N 13.500°E / 71.283; 13.500. Only 16 of the 236 crew survived.
Although Mahratta was lost, the convoy was a success. It was the largest convoy ever sent to Russia.
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