Ships hit by U-boats


American Landing ship

USS LST-359 heading for Anzio-Nettuno in February 1944. Photo courtesy of MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

NameUSS LST-359
Type:Landing ship (LST-1)
Tonnage1,625 tons
Completed1943 - Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston SC 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack20 Dec 1944Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-870 (Ernst Hechler)
Position42° 04'N, 19° 08'W - Grid CF 2636
Complement107 officers and men (2 dead and 105 survivors).
RoutePlymouth - USA 
History Completed in February 1943 as USS LST-359. She participated in the following landings: Sicily, Salerno, Anzio-Nettuno and Normandy. The vessel earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for her World War 2 service. 
Notes on event

In the morning on 20 Dec 1944, U-870 fired torpedoes at a convoy of landing ships about 370 miles from Sao Miguel, Azores and reported USS LST-350, USS LST-369 and an escort vessel sunk. In fact, USS LST-359 was sunk and USS Fogg (DE 57) damaged by a Gnat.

USS LST-359 was in tow by the American tug Farallon when she was hit on the port side by one torpedo and sank after breaking in two during the afternoon. Two crewmen were lost. Seven officers and 98 ratings were taken off by the American tug Moose Peak and later transferred to the fleet oiler USS Mattole (AO 17).

On boardWe have details of 107 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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