USS Fechteler (DE-157)
|Built by||Norfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||7 Feb 1943|
|Launched||22 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||1 Jul 1943|
|Lost||5 May 1944|
|Loss position||36.07N, 02.40W (120 miles northwest of Oran, Algeria)|
|At 03.54 hours on 5 May
1944, U-967 fired a Gnat at the convoy GUS-38 about and reported a
hit on a medium-sized ship after 11 minutes 58 seconds, but this was
probably an end-of-run detonation. The American destroyer escort USS
Laning (DE 159) located the U-boat after the unsuccessful attack and
started an attack run, but U-967 fired a Gnat at the escort ships at 04.41
hours, hitting the USS Fechteler amidships in position 36º07'N, 02º40'W.
The explosion lifted the ship out of the water and broke her in two, most
crew members abandoned ship before both parts sank.
29 crew members died and 26 were injured. USS Laning then picked up
the survivors together with other escort ships.
Hit by U-boat