USS Fiske (i) (DE 143)
Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||4 Jan 1943|
|Launched||14 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||25 Aug 1943|
|Lost||2 Aug 1944|
|Loss position||47.11N, 33.29W|
On 2 August 1944, USS Fiske 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 nautical 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 in position 47º11'N, 33º29'W. 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.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Fiske (i)|
Commands listed for USS Fiske (i) (DE 143)
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|1||Lt. Robert Power Walker, USN||25 Aug 1943||???|
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