Allied Warships

USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 136 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down9 Nov 1942 
Launched24 Jan 1943 
Commissioned14 Jul 1943 
Lost24 Apr 1945 
Loss position43° 52'N, 40° 15'W

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

On 24 April 1945, U-546 discovered the USS Bogue about 570 miles east-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland and tried to attack on periscope depth, but the 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 in position 43º52'N, 40º15'W. 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.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 24 Apr 1945 by U-546 (Just).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the USS Frederick C. Davis

Commands listed for USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)

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1Oscar William Goepner, USNR14 Jul 194311 Dec 1943
2Reginald Chauncey Robbins, Jr., USNR11 Dec 1943???
3Lt James Rayner Crosby, USNR???24 Apr 1945

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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