Allied Warships

USS Gannet (AVP 8)

Minesweeper of the Lapwing class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVP 8 
ModSeaplane tender 
Built byTodd Shipyard Corp. (New York, New York, U.S.A.) 
Laid down1 Oct 1918 
Launched19 Mar 1919 
Commissioned10 Jul 1919 
Lost7 Jun 1942 
Loss position35° 50'N, 65° 38'W

Reclassified as a small seaplane tender AVP-8 on 22 January 1936

At 0420 hours on 7 June 1942 the German submarine U-653 fired one torpedo at the USS Gannet (Lt. Francis Edward Nuessle) under escort by the British armed yacht HMS Sumarr, but the torpedo detonated after 1 minute 40 seconds without damaging the ships. The ships were returning from the fruitless search for the torpedoed merchant Westmoreland which was sunk by U-566 on 1 June. At 0742 hours U-653 attacked again and hit the USS Gannet with one torpedo. She sank within four minutes in position 35º50'N, 65º38'W. Feiler reported a hit at the stern of the yacht after 58 seconds, but a result could not be observed. 22 survivors were rescued by two aicraft from squadron VP-74, which made daring landings in heavy seas and 40 others were picked up by the American high speed minesweeper USS Hamilton.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 7 Jun 1942 by U-653 (Feiler).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the USS Gannet

Commands listed for USS Gannet (AVP 8)

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1Lt. Jack Pendleton Monroe, USN26 Jun 193915 Jun 1941
2Lt. Francis Edward Nuessle, USN15 Jun 19417 Jun 1942

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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