Monday, April 23, 2018

"With all hands ..."

FRI 23 APR 1943
Submarine Pike (SS-173) is damaged by depth charges off central Carolines, 04°20'N, 152°02'E, and is forced to terminate her patrol.

Submarine Seawolf (SS-197) sinks Japanese Patrol Boat No.39 off east central coast of Formosa, 23°45'N, 122°45'E, while the enemy warship is screening the towing of the wrecked Nisshin Maru.

District patrol craft YP-422 founders after grounding on Tumbo Reef, three miles southeast of entrance to North Bulari Passage, New Caledonia.

U.S. freighter Robert Gray, straggling from convoy HX 234, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-306 in the North Atlantic at 57°30'N, 43°00'W, with all hands (39-man merchant complement and a 19-man Armed Guard).

U.S. freighter Santa Catalina, bound for Basra, Iraq, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-129 at 30°59'N, 70°57'W, and abandoned (see 24 April).

Indian Ocean
Swedish merchant ship Oscar Gorthon rescues 11 survivors from U.S. freighter John Drayton, sunk by Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci in the Indian Ocean on 21 April 1943 (see 27 April and 21 May).

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