Ships hit by U-boats

USS Bristol (DD 453)

American Destroyer

NameUSS Bristol (DD 453)
Type:Destroyer (Gleaves)
Tonnage1,630 tons
Completed1941 - Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Kearny NJ 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack13 Oct 1943Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Position37° 19'N, 6° 19'E - Grid CH 9631
Complement293 officers and men (52 dead and 241 survivors).
History Completed in October 1941. USS Bristol (DD 453) participated in the following landings: North Africa, Sicily and Salerno
On 11 Sep 1943, the destroyer rescued 70 survivors from USS Rowan (DD 405), which had been sunk by German torpedo boats off Salerno.

USS Bristol (DD 453) received three battle stars for her World War 2 service. 
Notes on event

At 04.17 hours on 13 Oct 1943, USS Bristol (DD 453) (Cdr J.A. Glick, USN) was struck by a Gnat from U-371 on the port side at the forward engine room, while escorting a small convoy to Oran, Algeria. The ship broke in two and had to be abandoned, while the stern sank after eight and the bow after twelve minutes 70 miles west-northwest of Bone, Algeria. Five officers and 47 ratings were lost. The commander, 15 officers and 218 ratings were rescued by USS Trippe (DD 403) and one officer and six ratings by USS Wainwright (DD 419).

On boardWe have details of 293 people who were on board

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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