Ships hit by U-boats

USS YP-389

American A/S trawler

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NameUSS YP-389
Type:A/S trawler
Tonnage170 tons
Completed1941 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Quincy MA 
OwnerUS Navy 
Date of attack19 Jun 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-701 (Horst Degen)
Position - Grid CA 79
Complement25 (4 dead and 21 survivors).
History On 9 Oct 1941, completed as steam trawler Cohasset for R. O┬┤Brien & Co, shortly thereafter requisitioned by the US Navy. First it was planned to convert her to the M/S trawler USS AMc-202, but then converted to the A/S trawler USS YP-389 and used as district patrol vessel. 
Notes on event

In the early morning on 19 June 1942, U-701 began to shell USS YP-389 about 10 miles off Diamond Head, Cape Hatteras. The Germans rapidly fired all rounds from the ready locker to silence the guns of the armed trawler, hitting the vessel with armour piercing, high explosive and incendiary shells. The ship only could return fire with machine guns because the firing pin in the 3in gun was faulty and sank after one and a half hours.

On boardWe have details of 24 people who were on board

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