American Patrol craft
|Type:||Patrol craft (PC-461)|
|Completed||1942 - Luders Marine Construction Co, Stamford CT|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||9 May 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-230 (Paul Siegmann)|
|Position||38.41N, 13.43E - Grid CJ 8693|
|Complement||? men (? dead and 30 survivors).|
|History||Laid down on 31 Oct, 1941|
launched on 13 Sep, 1942
commissioned on 19 Nov, 1942 and assigned to the Atlantic and Mediterranean theater of operations.
|Notes on loss|
During the night of 8/9 May 1944, USS PC-558 was escorting a coastal convoy, sank a German one-man submarine and captured the driver (an Oberleutnant) and shortly thereafter sank a second one together with USS PC-626.
At 04.56 hours on 9 May, the patrol craft was hit by one torpedo from U-230 and sank quickly with the loss of many of her crew about 28 miles northeast by north of Palermo, Sicily. The accompanying USS PC-1235 was missed by three torpedoes and chased away the attacking U-boat. She then hurried back to the sinking position and was able to rescue 30 survivors.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 29 people who were on this vessel|
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