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Re: German mine sank USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77)?
Posted by: Rainer ()
Date: August 18, 2018 02:53PM

It is very unlikely that U-boats had anything to do with the loss of USCGC ESCANABA - although the convoy escorts had received a U-boat warning none were operating in the Labrador Sea on the day in question according to the available German documents.

The explosion that sank the cutter was either an internal explosion caused by an accident (boiler explosion or ammunition handling) or the vessel struck a drifting mine. Judging from the sinking position and the currents the mine could have come from one of the defensive minefields laid by the Royal Navy in the Denmark Strait as part of the Northern Barrage.

Best regards
Rainer

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