American Patrol torpedo boat
|Type:||Patrol torpedo boat|
|Completed||1943 - Trumpy & Sons, Gloucester City NJ|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||26 Jan 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-957 (Gerd Schaar)|
|Position||Grid AC 4560|
|Complement||2 officers and men (0 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||USA - Murmansk|
|History||Completed in October 1943 |
|Notes on loss|
After sinking the Fort Bellingham with a coup de grāce at 06.53 hours on 26 Jan, 1944, U-957 spotted near the sinking position a field of debris with a torpedo net, an armed boat, a cutter and many rafts, tyres and cans. At 07.59 hours, they fired with the 2cm AA gun at the cutter and the boat, which was also rammed. Two men from the Fort Bellingham were found aboard and taken prisoner. The armed boat was the USS PTC-38, which had been on transfer from the USA to North Russia on deck of the Andrew G. Curtin and floated free after the ship was sunk by U-716 (Dunkelberg) at 00.20 hours on 26 January.
* Estimated position shown here is based on positions of losses in a roughly the same German grid code. It may be a bit off but should give a good idea as to where the attack took place.
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