Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jul

30

1943

The covert supply mission of the Casabianca is discovered

The French submarine Casabianca was one of the few vessels that had successfully escaped at Toulon, and was now working to supply the French resistance on Corsica.

At 2300, the enemy opens fire on us. Shots seem to come from all sides. Auto- matic arms open fire. Rounds whistle overhead, others striking near at hand. Everyone went down below in the greatest calm. Meanwhile I put both engines fast astern. By a miracle nobody is wounded. But the two dories dragged on their painters, which unshipped. The rubber dinghies are still on the casing, so we waited until we were clear of the bay before securing them.