USS Gannet (AVP 8)
Minesweeper of the Lapwing class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Todd Shipyard Corp. (New York, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||1 Oct 1918|
|Launched||19 Mar 1919|
|Commissioned||10 Jul 1919|
|Lost||7 Jun 1942|
|Loss position||35° 50'N, 65° 38'W|
Note. Map of attack temporarily disabled due to huge Google Maps price increase (20 July 2018).
Reclassified as a small seaplane tender AVP-8 on 22 January 1936
At 0420 hours on 7 June 1942 the German submarine U-653 fired one torpedo at the USS Gannet (Lt. Francis Edward Nuessle) under escort by the British armed yacht HMS Sumarr, but the torpedo detonated after 1 minute 40 seconds without damaging the ships. The ships were returning from the fruitless search for the torpedoed merchant Westmoreland which was sunk by U-566 on 1 June. At 0742 hours U-653 attacked again and hit the USS Gannet with one torpedo. She sank within four minutes in position 35º50'N, 65º38'W. Feiler reported a hit at the stern of the yacht after 58 seconds, but a result could not be observed. 22 survivors were rescued by two aicraft from squadron VP-74, which made daring landings in heavy seas and 40 others were picked up by the American high speed minesweeper USS Hamilton.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Gannet|
Commands listed for USS Gannet (AVP 8)
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|1||Lt. Francis Edward Nuessle, USN||15 Jun 1941||7 Jun 1942|
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