Ships hit by U-boats

USS Fiske (DE 143)

American Destroyer escort

USS Fiske (DE 143)

NameUSS Fiske (DE 143)
Type:Destroyer escort (Edsall)
Tonnage1,300 tons
Completed1943 - Consolidated Steel Co, Orange TX 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack2 Aug 1944Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-804 (Herbert Meyer)
Position47° 11'N, 33° 29'W - Grid BD 5513
Complement186 officers and men (30 dead and 156 survivors).
History The USS Fiske recieved one battle star for her WWII service. 
Notes on event

On 2 Aug 1944 the USS Fiske (DE 143) was part of the hunter-killer Task Group 22.6 formed around the escort carrier USS Wake Island (CVE 65) and was detached together with the destroyer escort USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) to investigate a visual contact about 800 miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland. The surfaced U-804 quickly dived and fired at 15.36 hours three Gnats on the approaching ships. The first missed, but after 3 minutes the second hit the USS Fiske on her starboard side amidships and the third struck her after 4 minutes 30 seconds, breaking her in two. The survivors, among them 50 wounded men abandoned ship and were picked up by the destroyer escort USS Farquhar (DE 139), which took them to Argentia for medical attention and then to Boston.

On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

Location of attack on USS Fiske (DE 143).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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