Allied Warships

USS Fechteler (i) (DE 157)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

USS Fechteler on 1 July 1943 while being commissioned

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 157 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down7 Feb 1943 
Launched22 Apr 1943 
Commissioned1 Jul 1943 
Lost5 May 1944 
Loss position36° 07'N, 2° 40'W

At 04.41 hours on 5 May 1944, U-967 fired a Gnat at the escorts of convoy GUS-38 about 120 miles northwest of Oran, Algeria and hit USS Fechteler (DE 157) (Lt Calvert Burke Gill, USN) amidships in position 36º07'N, 02º40'W. The explosion lifted the ship out of the water and broke her in two. The most crew members abandoned ship before both parts sank. 29 crew members were lost. The commander and 186 survivors were rescued.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 5 May 1944 by U-967 (Brandi).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the USS Fechteler (i)

Commands listed for USS Fechteler (i) (DE 157)

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1T/Cdr. Clayton Rogers Simmers, USN1 Jul 19431 Nov 1943
2Calvert Burke Gill, USN1 Nov 19435 May 1944

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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