Ships hit by U-boats

USS Leopold (DE 319)

American Destroyer escort

The launching of USS Leopold (DD 319)

NameUSS Leopold (DE 319)
Type:Destroyer escort (Edsall)
Tonnage1,200 tons
Completed1943 - Consolidated Steel Co, Orange TX 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack9 Mar 1944Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-255 (Erich Harms)
Position58° 44'N, 25° 50'W - Grid AK 3862
Complement199 officers and men (171 dead and 28 survivors).
RouteNew 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 boardWe have details of 173 people who were on board

Location of attack on USS Leopold (DE 319).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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