USS Buck (DD 420)
|Name||USS Buck (DD 420)|
|Completed||1939 - Philadelphia Navy Yard|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||9 Oct 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-616 (Siegfried Koitschka)|
|Position||39° 57'N, 14° 28'E - Grid CJ 9126|
|Complement||247 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.
|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 board||We have details of 170 people who were on board.|
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