USS Leopold (DE 319)
American Destroyer escort
|Name||USS Leopold (DE 319)|
|Type:||Destroyer escort (Edsall)|
|Completed||1943 - Consolidated Steel Co, Orange TX|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||9 Mar 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-255 (Erich Harms)|
|Position||58° 44'N, 25° 50'W - Grid AK 3862|
|Complement||199 officers and men (171 dead and 28 survivors).|
|Route||New York (1 Mar) - UK|
|Notes on event|
On 9 March 1944 the US Coast Guard manned USS Leopold (DE 319) (Cdr Kenneth C. Phillips, USCG) was on her second voyage and escorting the convoy CU-16, when she got an acoustic contact about 400 miles south of Iceland and turned to investigate it. But before the destroyer escort reached the U-boat, she was hit at 22.00 hours by a Gnat from U-255 and was abandoned. The vessel remained afloat, but sank early the next morning. Only 28 survivors were picked up by the sister ship USS Joyce (DE 317).
|On board||We have details of 172 people who were on board.|
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