USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)
Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||9 Nov 1942|
|Launched||24 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||14 Jul 1943|
|Lost||24 Apr 1945|
|Loss position||43° 52'N, 40° 15'W|
USS Frederick C. Davis was participating in Operation Teardrop, a hunt for snorkel-equipped U-boats in the Western Atlantic and was part of the 4th Escort Divison, which screened the American escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE 9) in the Southern Surface Barrier.
On 24 April 1945, U-546 discovered the USS Bogue about 570 miles east-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland and tried to attack on periscope depth, but the USS Frederick C. Davis discovered the U-boat and prepared herself for an attack. At this moment a Gnat struck forward on the port side. The ship broke in two and sank in position 43º52'N, 40º15'W. The crew abandoned ship and were picked up within three hours by the other escort destroyers of the Division, after they had sunk U-546.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Frederick C. Davis|
Commands listed for USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)
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|1||Oscar William Goepner, USNR||14 Jul 1943||12 Feb 1944|
|2||James Rayner Crosby, USNR||12 Feb 1944||24 Apr 1945|
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