Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Aug

7

1943

Two U-boats surprised by Avenger from USS Card

Avengers flying out of Fort Lauderdale in 1943

I made the first attack out of the sun with two Mk. 47 depth bombs set at 25 feet, selecting the submarine nearest me and slightly astern. I approached at a target angle of 1950, speed 220 knots, releasing at an altitude of 125 feet, plane course 2350 T. The submarines were apparently caught unaware and did not open fire with their AA guns until I was about 400 yards away. This fire was very intense from both U-boats, though the plane was not hit.