Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sole Survivor Swims Ashore

SUN 22 FEB 1942
Submarine Swordfish (SS-193) disembarks Philippine President Manuel Quezon and his party
(embarked since 20 February) at San Jose, Panay, P.I., to continue their journey out of the archipelago.

U.S. tanker Cities Service Empire is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-128 25 miles north of Bethel Shoals, 28°00'N, 80°22'W. Destroyer Biddle (DD-151) rescues survivors from life rafts while Coast Guard cutter Vigilant (WPC-154) goes alongside and rescues men directly from the burning ship. All told,
3 of the 9-man Armed Guard are lost, in addition to 11 of the 41-man civilian complement.

Unarmed U.S. tanker W.D. Anderson is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-504 about 12 miles northeast of Jupiter Point Lighthouse, 27°09'N, 79°56'W. The sole survivor of the 36-man crew swims ashore at Stewart, Florida.

Unarmed U.S. freighter West Zeda is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-129 about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad, B.W.I., 09°13'N, 69°04'W. Schooner Emeralda rescues the entire 35-man crew,
who suffer no casualties in the encounter with the U-boat.

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