Ships hit by U-boats


American Patrol torpedo boat

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NameUSS PTC-38
Type:Patrol torpedo boat
Tonnage54 tons
Completed1943 - Trumpy & Sons, Gloucester City NJ 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack26 Jan 1944Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-957 (Gerd Schaar)
Position73° 22'N, 24° 15'E - Grid AC 4560
Complement2 officers and men (0 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteUSA - Murmansk 
History Completed in October 1943 
Notes on event

After sinking the Fort Bellingham with a coup de grâce at 06.53 hours on 26 January 1944, U-957 spotted near the sinking position a field of debris with a torpedo net, an armed boat, a cutter and many rafts, tyres and cans. At 07.59 hours, they fired with the 20mm AA gun at the cutter and the boat that was also rammed. Two men from the Fort Bellingham were found aboard and taken prisoner. The armed boat was the USS PTC-38, which had been on transfer from the USA to North Russia on deck of the Andrew G. Curtin and floated free after the ship was sunk by U-716 (Dunkelberg) at 00.20 hours on 26 January.


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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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