before enough support /hunter killer groups were formed RN. escorts were frequently detached alone from convoys to "prosecute targets" either radar, a/c, intelligence,radio, so a ship alone with no chance of support was not uncommon!
for the USN i give you USS ENGLAND which was in a line but did most of her work alone!
: If I remember correctly, wasn’t he in a life
: boat for a long time? Perhaps his ship was
: traveling alone and just had an unfortunate
: run in?
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: 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.