Sinking of U-1062
HUK TG 22.1
USS Fessenden DE 142
Post-war records named
Fessenden's victim as the U-1062 and notes 55
In the autumn of 1944, Admiral Karl Doenitz, commander of the German U-boat Force, was rebuilding his undersea navy and only a relatively few
U-boats were in the Atlantic, chiefly for their "nuisance value."
In September such a nuisance pack was operating in the Cape Verdes area. There it was detected by Task Group 22.1, a hunter-killer group built
around the new escort-carrier USS Mission Bay. Steaming southward of the Cape Verdes, the group's scouts made contact with a submarine on the morning of September 30th.
AT 1120 USS Fessenden DE 142 peeled off with Douglas L. Howard
DE 138 and USS J.R.Y. BlakeleyDE 140 to investigate the aircraft report.
Fessenden picked up sonar contact at 1610. At 1628 she fired a full pattern of Mark X projectiles. Fourteen seconds after the
projectiles splashed into the sea, four explosions rumbled up from below.
Fessenden followed through with a full pattern of depth charges. The water heaved and flattened
over an outburst of deep-sea thunder. Thereafter the DEs heard nothing but the silence of extinction.
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