USS Menges (DE 320)
American Destroyer escort
|Name||USS Menges (DE 320)|
|Type:||Destroyer escort (Edsall)|
|Completed||1943 - Consolidated Steel Co, Orange TX|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||3 May 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-371 (Horst-Arno Fenski)|
|Position||37° 01'N, 5° 29'E - Grid CH 96|
|Complement||? men (31 dead and ? survivors).|
On 20 Apr 1944 about 30 German torpedo bombers attacked the convoy GUS-38 off Algiers. One attacker was downed by USS Menges (DE 320), two of the crew were taken prisoner. The destroyer escort then rescued 137 survivors from the USS Lansdale (DD 426), which had been sunk by an aircraft torpedo.
On 18 Mar 1945, U-866 (Rogowsky) was sunk by the only hunter-killer group in the North Atlantic manned completely by US Coast Guard personnel, consisting of four destroyer escorts, USS Pride (DE 323), USS Mosley (DE 321), USS Lowe (DE 325) and USS Menges (DE 320).
The USS Menges (DE 320) received two battle stars for her WWII service.
|Notes on event|
In the night on 2/3 May 1944, U-371 was spotted recharging her batteries on the surface off Djidjelli on the Algerian coast. The area was swamped with six escorts from the convoy GUS-38 and three aircraft squadrons. At 01.18 hours on 3 May, the U-boat managed to hit USS Menges (DE 320) with a Gnat in the stern. The explosion severely damaged the stern, blew off both propellers and the rudders. 31 men were killed and 25 wounded, but the destroyer was towed to port and repaired.
|On board||We have details of 32 people who were on board.|
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