USS Fiske (DE 143)
American Destroyer escort
|Name||USS Fiske (DE 143)|
|Type:||Destroyer escort (Edsall)|
|Completed||1943 - Consolidated Steel Co, Orange TX|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||2 Aug 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-804 (Herbert Meyer)|
|Position||47° 11'N, 33° 29'W - Grid BD 5513|
|Complement||213 officers and men (33 dead and 180 survivors).|
|History||Completed in August 1943. Received one battle star for her WWII service. |
|Notes on event|
On 2 August 1944 USS Fiske (DE 143) (Lt John Alfred Comley, USNR) was part of the hunter-killer Task Group 22.6 formed around the escort carrier USS Wake Island (CVE 65) and was detached together with the destroyer escort USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) to investigate a visual contact about 800 miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland. The surfaced U-804 quickly dived and fired three Gnats on the approaching warships between 15.31 and 15.36 hours. The first missed, but after 3 minutes the second hit USS Fiske on her starboard side amidships and possibly the third struck her too after 4 minutes 30 seconds. The destroyer escort broke in two after 10 minutes with both parts drifting apart and eventually sinking vertically. The survivors, among them the commander and 50 wounded men, were picked up by USS Farquhar (DE 139), which took them to Argentia for medical attention and subsequently to Boston.
|On board||We have details of 213 people who were on board.|
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