USS Fiske (DE 143)
American Destroyer escort
|Name||USS Fiske (DE 143)|
|Type:||Destroyer escort (Edsall)|
|Completed||1943 - Consolidated Steel Co, Orange TX|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||2 Aug 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-804 (Herbert Meyer)|
|Position||47° 11'N, 33° 29'W - Grid BD 5513|
|Complement||186 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 board||We have details of 36 people who were on board.|
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