Ships hit by U-boats

USS Buck (DD 420)

American Destroyer

NameUSS Buck (DD 420)
Type:Destroyer (Sims)
Tonnage1,570 tons
Completed1939 - Philadelphia Navy Yard 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack9 Oct 1943Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-616 (Siegfried Koitschka)
Position39° 57'N, 14° 28'E - Grid CJ 9126
Complement247 officers and men (150 dead and 97 survivors).

On 22 Aug 1942, the USS Buck was rammed by the steam merchant Atwatea in dense fog, while escorting a convoy. The impact broke her keel, damaged both screws and seven men were lost. Four days later the Buck, in tow of USS Cherokee (AT-66), reached Boston, where she was repaired until November.

In 1943 she participated in the landings of Sicily and Salerno.
On 3 Aug 1943, while escorting a convoy of six Liberty ships from Sicily to Algeria, the USS Buck attacked and sank the Italian submarine Argento in 36°52N/12°08E and took 45 men of her crew as prisoners.
The USS Buck received three battle stars for her WWII service. 

Notes on event

At 00.36 hours on 9 Oct 1943 the USS Buck (LtCmdr M. Klein, lost) was on patrol off Salerno, when she was hit in the bow by a Gnat, causing the forward magazine to explode and sank within four minutes. The survivors were picked up by the American destroyer USS Gleaves (DD 423) and the British landing craft HMS LCT-170.

On boardWe have details of 170 people who were on board

Location of attack on USS Buck (DD 420).

ship sunk.

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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