USS Skill (AM 115)
American Fleet minesweeper
|Name||USS Skill (AM 115)|
|Type:||Fleet minesweeper (Auk)|
|Completed||1942 - American Shipbuilding Co, Lorain OH|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||25 Sep 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)|
|Position||40° 20'N, 14° 35'E - Grid CJ 6794|
|Complement||103 officers and men (72 dead and 31 survivors).|
|History||Commissioned in November 1942|
USS Skill (AM 115) took part in the North Africa and Salerno landings and earned one battle star for her WWII service.
|Notes on event|
At 11.46 hours on 25 Sep 1943, USS Skill (AM 115) (LtCdr E.J. Kevern, USNR) was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-593 while on patrol station between Point Licosa and Isle of Capri in the Gulf of Salerno. The torpedo caused a explosion in the forward magazine, breaking the ship in two. The forepart capsized and the aft part caught fire, later exploded and sank at about 12.00 hours. Ten minutes later, the capsized bow also went down.
USS Seer (AM 112) screened USS Speed (AM 116) while she rescued 32 men (all wounded, one of them died two days later), but no officer survived. An unsuccessful search for more survivors was conducted by USS Pilot (AM 104).
|On board||We have details of 103 people who were on board.|
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