USS Bristol (DD 453)
|Name||USS Bristol (DD 453)|
|Completed||1941 - Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Kearny NJ|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||13 Oct 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)|
|Position||37° 19'N, 6° 19'E - Grid CH 9631|
|Complement||293 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 board||We have details of 293 people who were on board.|
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