Ships hit by U-boats

FFL Sénégalais (T 22)

French Destroyer escort

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NameFFL Sénégalais (T 22)
Type:Destroyer escort (Sénégalais)
Tonnage1,300 tons
Completed1943 - Dravo Co, Wilmington, Pittsburgh 
OwnerFree French Navy 
Date of attack4 May 1944Nationality:      French
FateDamaged by U-371 (Horst-Arno Fenski)
Position37° 49'N, 5° 39'E - Grid CH 93
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).

built as American USS Corbesier (DE 106) of the Cannon-class, completed as FFL Sénégalais (T 22) for the Free French Navy.

1952 reclassified as frigate (F 702) 1962 renamed Yser (F 702). 1965 sold for scrap to Walter Ritscher, Hamburg. 

Notes on event

In the night on 2/3 May 1944, U-371 was spotted recharging her batteries on the surface off Djidjelli on the Algerian coast. The area was swamped with six escorts from convoy GUS-38 and three aircraft squadrons. At 01.18 hours on 3 May, the U-boat managed to damage USS Menges (DE 320) with a Gnat in the stern. The other vessels hunted the U-boat until the early morning of 4 May when Fenksi had to surface his boat and save his crew, but at 04.04 hours he still fought back and also damaged the FFL Sénégalais (T 22) with a Gnat before scuttling the U-boat.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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