USS Gannet (AVP 8)
Minesweeper of the Lapwing class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Todd Shipyard Corp. (New York, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||1 Oct 1918|
|Launched||19 Mar 1919|
|Commissioned||10 Jul 1919|
|Lost||7 Jun 1942|
|Loss position||35° 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
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Gannet|
Commands listed for USS Gannet (AVP 8)
Please note that we're still working on this section
and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.
|1||Lt. Jack Pendleton Monroe, USN||26 Jun 1939||15 Jun 1941|
|2||Lt. Francis Edward Nuessle, USN||15 Jun 1941||7 Jun 1942|
You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.
As an Amazon Associate uboat.net earns a commission from qualifying purchases.