Next: Mitchum loses his wife when his freighter is torpedoed while traveling west bound. He says it is when the war started so figure 1939-1941. Loses her and decides to join the Navy. Is a skipper of a tin can which is torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic. Before he is fully recovered from his ordeal he is assigned to the DE Haines in the South Atlantic. And that is where the story begins.... 1943 somewhere in the South Atlantic.
What I want to know was the Haines patrolling alone and in a new Buckley Class ship?
: This may seem kind of arcane, but...
: In The Enemy Below the captain (Mitchum)
: said his wife was killed when his ship was
: torpedoed heading WEST to the US and the
: implication is it was late(r) in the war.
: Because I apparently have to much time on my
: hands I started to think why would a U boat
: risk attacking a WEST bound ship let alone
: an entire convoy of empty ships that might
: be carrying German PoWs.
: I would think the emphasis would be on
: loaded ships, and I realized all of what I
: have read talks about attacks on east bound
: Yes I realize it's a nit to pick and it is a
: movie, albeit a good one.
: So did U Boats attack empty convoys headed
: west? Seems like an equal risk for much less
: gain and loaded ships heading east seem much
: more valuable given a choice.