Ships hit by U-boats

USS Gannet (AVP 8)

American Small aircraft tender

NameUSS Gannet (AVP 8)
Type:Small aircraft tender (Lapwing)
Tonnage840 tons
Completed1919 - Todd Shipyard Corp, Brooklyn NY 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack7 Jun 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-653 (Gerhard Feiler)
Position35° 50'N, 65° 38'W - Grid CB 7875
Complement77 officers and men (16 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteBermuda (2 Jun) - Bermuda 
History Completed in July 1919 as minesweeper USS Gannet (AM 41). 1920 converted to small aircraft tender and reclassified as USS Gannet (AVP 8) on 22 Jan 1936. 
Notes on event

At 04.20 hours on 7 June 1942, U-653 fired one torpedo at USS Gannet (AVP 8) (Lt F.E. Nuessle, USN) under escort by the British armed yacht HMS Sumar, but the torpedo detonated after 1 minute 40 seconds without damaging the ships. The ships were returning from a fruitless search for the torpedoed Westmoreland which had been sunk by U-566 (Borchert) on 1 June.

At 07.42 hours, U-653 attacked again and hit USS Gannet (AVP 8) with one torpedo. She sank within four minutes. Feiler reported a hit at the stern of the yacht after 58 seconds, but a result could not be observed. 22 survivors were rescued by two PBM Mariner aircraft (VP-74 USN) that made daring landings in heavy seas and 40 others were picked up by USS Hamilton (DMS 18).

USS Gannet (AVP 8) had been the seaplane tender for VP-74 based on Bermuda since January 1942.

On boardWe have details of 77 people who were on board

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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