Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This Time, No Dud For Dudley

SUN 11 APR 1943
U.S. freighter Edward B. Dudley is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-615 in the North Atlantic, 53°00'N, 39°00'W. Debris from the explosion that follows the coup de grace damages U-615's conning tower. Those survivors of the 42 merchant sailors and the 25-man Armed Guard who manage to lower boats are never recovered.

U.S. freighter James W. Denver, straggling from convoy UGS 7, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-195 in the North Atlantic, 28°46'N, 25°40'W. All hands (42 merchant seamen, one passenger and 25 Armed Guards) survive the loss of the ship and set sail for the coast of Africa (see 18 and 24 April, and 4, 6 and 16 May).

U.S. freighter Matt W. Ransom, steaming in Casablanca-bound convoy UGS 6A, is mined at 33°59'N, 07°51'W. All hands (42 merchant seamen, 2 passengers and 28 Armed Guards) abandon ship, rescued by submarine chasers PC-471 and PC-481; the master and six men, however, return to the damaged ship and take her to Gibraltar under her own power.

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