Allied Warships

USS Fiske (i) (DE 143)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

US Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH53909

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 143 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down4 Jan 1943 
Launched14 Mar 1943 
Commissioned25 Aug 1943 
Lost2 Aug 1944 
Loss position47° 11'N, 33° 29'W

On 2 August 1944, USS Fiske was part of the hunter-killer Task Group 22.6 formed around the escort carrier USS Wake Island (CVE 65) when she was hit on starboard side amidships by a Gnat homing torpedo from U-804, broke in two and sank about 800 nautical miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland in position 47º11'N, 33º29'W. 33 crew members were lost. The survivors, among them the commander and 50 wounded men, were picked up by the destroyer escort USS Farquhar (DE 139) and taken to Argentia.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 2 Aug 1944 by U-804 (Meyer).

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

Commands listed for USS Fiske (i) (DE 143)

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1T/Cdr. Robert Power Walker, USN25 Aug 194320 Jan 1944
2Lt. John Alfred Comly, USNR20 Jan 19442 Aug 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.

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