Ships hit by U-boats

USS Barr (DE 576)

American Destroyer escort

USS Barr after conversion to an APD from a Buckley class DE

NameUSS Barr (DE 576)
Type:Destroyer escort (Buckley)
Tonnage1,300 tons
Completed1943 - Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards Inc, Hingham MA 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack29 May 1944Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-549 (Detlev Krankenhagen)
Position31° 14'N, 23° 00'W
Complement? men (16 dead and ? survivors).
History USS Barr (DE 576) was commissioned in February 1944 
Notes on event

On 29 May 1944, U-549 slipped undetected through the screen of the hunter-killer group TG 21.11, formed around USS Block Island (CVE 21) and at 20.13 hours fired three T-3 torpedoes on the carrier, one or two of them struck and she sank northeast of Canary Islands. At 20.40 hours, USS Barr (DE 576) was damaged in the stern by a Gnat and a second Gnat missed USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686). But U-549 was then attacked and sunk by the latter and USS Ahrens (DE 575).

USS Barr (DE 576), which was on her first war voyage, lost 16 dead and 14 injured. On the following morning the injured and some personnel were transferred to USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686), which took the badly damaged destroyer escort in tow. Assisted by USS Wilhoite (DE 397) and the Dutch tug Antic they arrived in Casablanca on 5 June. After preliminary repairs, USS Barr (DE 576) was towed by USS Cherokee (ATF 66) to Boston, arriving there on 25 July.

The vessel was converted to an auxiliary high speed transport, reclassified APD-39 and re-entered service in November 1944.

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On boardWe have details of 54 people who were on board

Location of attack on USS Barr (DE 576).

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