Ships hit by U-boats


American Landing ship

NameUSS LST-333
Type:Landing ship (LST-1)
Tonnage1,625 tons
Completed1942 - Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack22 Jun 1943Nationality:      American
FateA total loss by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)
Position36° 59'N, 4° 01'E - Grid CH 9546
Complement288 officers and men (25 dead and 263 survivors).
RouteArzew, Algeria - Bizerte, Tunisia 
CargoLanding pontoons and troops 
History Completed in November 1942 
Notes on event

At 21.31 hours on 22 June 1943, U-593 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy Elastic about eight miles northeast of Cape Corbelin and hit USS LST-333 and USS LST-387 with one torpedo each. The first was beached and declared a total loss, while the latter was towed to Dellys and later repaired. The torpedoeing of these two ships hampered the training for the forthcoming invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky).

USS LST-333 (Lt P.O. Krahen Buhl, USN) was struck by the torpedo on the starboard side in the stern. The explosion demolished the stern section, carried away the screws and rudder and stopped the engines. About 20 minutes after the hit, the landing craft USS LCT-244 and USS LCT-19 took the landing ship in tow and proceeded slowly towards the beach. After one hour, the submarine chaser USS SC-503 came alongside and took off 32 injured crew members and 24 injured passengers and brought them to Algiers. After five hours of towing, the stern of the landing craft came aground near Dellys. The crew and passengers were taken off by the landing craft and brought to Dellys. The USS LST-333 later sank during a salvage attempt on 6 July.

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