Allied Warships

USS Bristol (i) (DD 453)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

USS Bristol as completed on 31 October 1941

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 453 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down20 Dec 1940 
Launched25 Jul 1941 
Commissioned22 Oct 1941 
Lost13 Oct 1943 
Loss position37° 19'N, 6° 19'E

At 04.17 hours on 13 October 1943 USS Bristol (Cdr. John Albert 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 in position 37º19'N, 06º19'E. 52 of the crew died and 241 survived and were rescued by the American destroyers USS Trippe (DD 403) and the USS Wainwright (DD 419). Amongst the survivors was the Commanding officer John Albert Glick.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 13 Oct 1943 by U-371 (Mehl).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the USS Bristol (i)

Commands listed for USS Bristol (i) (DD 453)

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1Lt.Cdr. Chester Clark Wood, USN22 Oct 194122 Sep 1942
2Lt.Cdr. John Albert Glick, USN22 Sep 194213 Oct 1943

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
($ 15.98)

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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