USS Fogg (DE 57)
American Destroyer escort
|Name||USS Fogg (DE 57)|
|Type:||Destroyer escort (Buckley)|
|Completed||1943 - Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards Inc, Hingham MA|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||20 Dec 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-870 (Ernst Hechler)|
|Position||43° 02'N, 19° 19'W - Grid CF 2636|
|Complement||216 officers and men (15 dead and 201 survivors).|
|Route||Plymouth - USA|
|History||USS Fogg (DE 57) was commissioned in July 1943. She made eight transatlantic escort voyages.|
Decommissioned and placed in reserve in October 1947. Sold for scrap in January 1966.
|Notes on event|
In the morning on 20 December 1944 U-870 fired torpedoes at a convoy of landing ships about 370 miles from Sao Miguel, Azores and reported USS LST-350, USS LST-369 and an escort vessel sunk. In fact, USS LST-359 was sunk and USS Fogg (DE 57) damaged by a Gnat.
USS Fogg (DE 57) (LtCdr F.H. Martin, USNR) was hit by a Gnat in the stern, killing 15 men and wounding at least two others. The crew fought two days to made it for the Azores, then the stern sheared off and only skeleton crew stayed aboard. Finally she reached the Azores in tow of the US Army tug USS LT-643 and USS Chinaberry (AN 61) the next day, escorted by USS Lee Fox (DE 65) and USS Ira Jeffery (DE 63). A first attempt to tow her to Boston failed due bad weather, but she at last arrived on 9 March 1945. The destroyer escort was repaired and returned to service in June 1945.
|On board||We have details of 216 people who were on board.|
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