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Re: Photo fits account of HMS Fame vs U-353 in Blair's Hitler's U-Boat War v2 p40
Photo faked to match the event - I think. Typical war time morale boosting photo.
Good reseach, Allan. Photo matches account of HMS Fame vs U-353 in Clay Blair's Hitler's U-Boat War vol. 2. p40:
Fame detected U-353 at 65 feet depth by sonar and plastered U-353 with ten depth charges. "These explosions wrecked U-353. Römer ordered her to the surface to scuttle. As Fame was coming about for a Hedgehog attack, U-353 suddenly popped up. When Römer and his crew rushed topside, Heathcote and his men opened fire with every weapon that would bear and rang up eighteen knots to ram. Fame hit U-353 a glancing blow and scraped down her starboard side, tearing a 'long rent' in her own plating."
Could be HMS Fame and U-353. Taken from wiki:
In September 1942, Fame finished her repairs and she was assigned to Escort Group B6 with her captain, Commander R. Heathcote, as the Group's senior officer. Her first Atlantic convoy action was with SC 104, a major convoy battle that saw the loss of 8 ships, with 2 warships damaged, and 2 U-boats destroyed, with 2 more damaged and forced to retire. Fame's ASDIC located German submarine U-353 on 16 October and a shallow-set pattern of 10 depth charges forced her to the surface where she was rammed and sunk by Fame. The impact badly damaged the destroyer and she was forced to leave the convoy for repairs after rescuing 39 survivors. Her repairs were completed in December, and, while escorting Convoy ON 155, was dispatched to the aid of Convoy ON 154, which was under heavy attack. Heathcote was ordered to take command of the escort after the commander of Escort Group C1 collapsed from exhaustion after a five-day battle, during which ON 154 had lost 14 ships for one U-boat destroyed.
In February 1943, Escort Group B6 was escorting Convoy ONS 165, which lost two ships for two U-boats destroyed. Fame sank one of these, U-69, on 17 February. Fame was reassigned to patrol duty in the South-Western Approaches in May 1944 as part of the Normandy landings and became the senior ship of the 14th Escort Group. During this time, Fame participated in the sinking of U-767, together with the destroyers Inconstant and Havelock on 18 June. The following month, Fame was transferred to the west coast of Scotland, continuing there until the end of the war.
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