Ships hit by U-boats

USS PC-558

American Patrol craft

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NameUSS PC-558
Type:Patrol craft (PC-461)
Tonnage335 tons
Completed1942 - Luders Marine Construction Co, Stamford CT 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack9 May 1944Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-230 (Paul Siegmann)
Position38° 41'N, 13° 43'E - Grid CJ 8693
Complement64 officers and men (29 dead and 35 survivors).
History Completed in November 1942 and assigned to the Atlantic and Mediterranean theater of operations. 
Notes on event

During the night of 8/9 May 1944, USS PC-558 (Lt(jg) Edward Charles Leber, USNR) was escorting a coastal convoy, sank a German one-man submarine and captured the driver (an Oberleutnant) and shortly thereafter sank a second one together with USS PC-626.

At 04.56 hours on 9 May, the patrol craft was hit by a Gnat torpedo from U-230 and sank quickly with the loss of many of her crew about 28 miles northeast by north of Palermo, Sicily. The accompanying USS PC-1235 reported being missed by three torpedoes while chasing away the attacker, but none had been fired by the U-boat. She then hurried back to the sinking position, was able to rescue 35 survivors including the wounded commander and took them to Palermo.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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