American Patrol craft
|Type:||Patrol craft (PC-461)|
|Completed||1942 - Luders Marine Construction Co, Stamford CT|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||9 May 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-230 (Paul Siegmann)|
|Position||38° 41'N, 13° 43'E - Grid CJ 8693|
|Complement||64 officers and men (29 dead and 35 survivors).|
|History||Completed in November 1942 and assigned to the Atlantic and Mediterranean theater of operations. |
|Notes on event|
During the night of 8/9 May 1944, USS PC-558 (Lt(jg) Edward Charles Leber, USNR) was escorting a coastal convoy, sank a German one-man submarine and captured the driver (an Oberleutnant) and shortly thereafter sank a second one together with USS PC-626.
At 04.56 hours on 9 May, the patrol craft was hit by a Gnat torpedo from U-230 and sank quickly with the loss of many of her crew about 28 miles northeast by north of Palermo, Sicily. The accompanying USS PC-1235 reported being missed by three torpedoes while chasing away the attacker, but none had been fired by the U-boat. She then hurried back to the sinking position, was able to rescue 35 survivors including the wounded commander and took them to Palermo.
|On board||We have details of 64 people who were on board.|
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