USS Fechteler (i) (DE 157)
Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Norfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||7 Feb 1943|
|Launched||22 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||1 Jul 1943|
|Lost||5 May 1944|
|Loss position||36° 07'N, 2° 40'W|
At 04.41 hours on 5 May 1944, U-967 fired a Gnat at the escorts of convoy GUS-38 about 120 miles northwest of Oran, Algeria and hit USS Fechteler (DE 157) (Lt Calvert Burke Gill, USN) amidships in position 36º07'N, 02º40'W. The explosion lifted the ship out of the water and broke her in two. The most crew members abandoned ship before both parts sank. 29 crew members were lost. The commander and 186 survivors were rescued.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Fechteler (i)|
Commands listed for USS Fechteler (i) (DE 157)
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|1||T/Cdr. Clayton Rogers Simmers, USN||1 Jul 1943||1 Nov 1943|
|2||Calvert Burke Gill, USN||1 Nov 1943||5 May 1944|
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