Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ships Sunk Off NC Coast: July 1942

Things were changing off the coast of North Carolina entering the seventh month of the year.  U-boats were having a field day during the first six months, but the odds were evening up and pickings weren't as good and two of the ships sunk were U-boats. 

July 7th:  U-701, submarine, aerial depth charges, sunk off Cape Hatteras, 36 killed
July 15th:  SS CHILORE,  bulk carrier, torpedoed and sunk by U-576
July 15th:  SMV Bluefields, Nicaraguan freighter, torpedoed and sunk by U-576 off Cape Hatteras
July 15th:  U-576, submarine, aerial bombed and sunk, 45 killed of Cape Hatteras.  Aerial depth charges and gunfire from SS Unicol.
July 19th:  USS KESHENA, tug, struck Allied mine and sank, 2 killed.

The U-576 had quite a day on July 15, 1942.

--GreGen


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