Friday, April 6, 2018

German Freighter San Diego (?) Sinks

TUE 6 APR 1943
USAAF B-17s bomb Axis convoy off Bizerte, Tunisia, sinking German freighter San Diego and damaging Italian transport Rovereto; the latter is beached to prevent her sinking.

German submarine U-336 picks up six survivors (four merchant seamen and two Armed Guard sailors) from U.S. freighter Jonathan Sturges, torpedoed and sunk by U-707 on 23 February 1943. These men (who will ultimately be interned at a POW camp near Bremen, Germany) will be the last of Jonathan Sturges's survivors to be rescued.

Gulf of Mexico
German submarine U-185 attacks Mobile, Alabama-bound convoy GTMO 83, torpedoing and sinking U.S. freighter John Sevier at 20°35'N, 74°00'W. Destroyer Bennett (DD-473) rescues all hands (39 merchant seamen, 17-man Armed Guard, and one passenger).

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