Ships hit by U-boats

USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)

American Destroyer escort

NameUSS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)
Type:Destroyer escort (Edsall)
Tonnage1,200 tons
Completed1943 - Consolidated Steel Co, Orange TX 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack24 Apr 1945Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-546 (Paul Just)
Position43° 52'N, 40° 15'W - Grid BC 95
Complement195 officers and men (113 dead and 82 survivors).
History Completed in July 1943. USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) earned the Navy Unit Commendation at Anzio-Nettuno and received four battle stars for her World War 2 service. 
Notes on event

USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) (Lt J.R. Crosby, USNR) was participating in Operation Teardrop, a hunt for snorkel-equipped U-boats in the Western Atlantic and was part of the 4th Escort Division, which screened the escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE 9) in the Southern Surface Barrier.

On 24 April 1945, U-546 discovered USS Bogue about 570 miles east-southeast of Cape Race and tried to attack on periscope depth, but USS Frederick C. Davis discovered the U-boat and prepared herself for an attack. At this moment a Gnat struck forward on the port side. The ship broke in two and sank quickly with the bow and stern raising into the air. The crew abandoned ship and were picked up within three hours by the other escort destroyers of the Division, after they had sunk U-546.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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