Ships hit by U-boats

USS Skill (AM 115)

American Fleet minesweeper

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NameUSS Skill (AM 115)
Type:Fleet minesweeper (Auk)
Tonnage815 tons
Completed1942 - American Shipbuilding Co, Lorain OH 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack25 Sep 1943Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)
Position40° 20'N, 14° 35'E - Grid CJ 6794
Complement103 officers and men (72 dead and 31 survivors).
History Commissioned in November 1942

USS Skill (AM 115) took part in the North Africa and Salerno landings and earned one battle star for her WWII service. 
Notes on event

At 11.46 hours on 25 Sep 1943, USS Skill (AM 115) (LtCdr E.J. Kevern, USNR) was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-593 while on patrol station between Point Licosa and Isle of Capri in the Gulf of Salerno. The torpedo caused a explosion in the forward magazine, breaking the ship in two. The forepart capsized and the aft part caught fire, later exploded and sank at about 12.00 hours. Ten minutes later, the capsized bow also went down.

USS Seer (AM 112) screened USS Speed (AM 116) while she rescued 32 men (all wounded, one of them died two days later), but no officer survived. An unsuccessful search for more survivors was conducted by USS Pilot (AM 104).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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