Sent to San Remo on patrol and support duty, Gleaves helped in the bombardment of shore installations there 1 October firing on shipping in the harbor of Oneglio, Italy, with hits on two cargo ships. On the night of 1 to 2 October, Gleaves was attacked and succeeded in destroying one of three small explosives-laden German motor boats moving down the coast to San Remo. The other two were temporarily driven off. Returning to her station off San Remo, Gleaves was attacked two more times before she, by violent maneuvering, depth charges, and well-placed gunfire, left five boats sunk in her wake. The following morning she returned to the area to find a sixth boat disabled; and captured it with two operators on board, who provided the Allies much valuable information.
There were other engagements with these "explosive boats" earlier by PT boats and US Destroyers and I mixed the two events.
: While at NARA on my last trip I came across
: photos of this captured ex-Italian
: "Semi-Sucide" boats that the
: Germans operated off the South of France in
: late 1944 and that was captured by a
: PT-Boat. The idea of these boats was to
: point one at a target, bailout on a small
: lift raft and when the boat struck the ship
: a small demolition charge would drop a depth
: charge so that it exploded under the target.
: Among the photos was even a nice drawing of
: the captured boat.