Ships hit by U-boats

USS Bainbridge (DD 246)

American Destroyer

USS Bainbridge on 9 July 1944. US Naval Historical Center Photograph #80-G-237878

NameUSS Bainbridge (DD 246)
Type:Destroyer (Clemson)
Tonnage1,190 tons
Completed1920 - New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden NJ 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack15 Jun 1942Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-701 (Horst Degen)
Position36° 52'N, 75° 51'W - Grid CA 73
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
History Completed in February 1921 as USS Bainbridge (DD 246) and joined the Atlantic Fleet. 1922 assigned to the Naval Detachement in Turkish Waters. On 16 Dec 1922 the destroyer rescued approximately 500 survivors from the burning French troop transport Vinh-Long off Constantinople, the commander LtCmdr W.A. Edwards received the Medal of Honor. From 1923 to 1927 she joined the Scouting Fleet and was decommissioned in 1930. 1933 reactivated until 1937.

On 26 Sep 1939, USS Bainbridge (DD 246) was again recommissioned and operated with the Neutrality Patrol. From 1941 to 1945 carried out convoy duties off the US East coast and in the Caribbean. She received one battle star for her WWII service as a convoy escort (June - August 1943).

On 21 Jul 1945 decommissioned, sold for scrap in November 1945 and broken up.

Notes on event

On 15 June 1942 convoy KN-109 came into a minefield laid on 11 June by U-701 off Virginia Beach. The A/S trawler HMS Kingston Ceylonite (FY 214) sank and the tankers Robert C. Tuttle and Esso Augusta, along with the destroyer USS Bainbridge (DD 246) were damaged.


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