Al, you forgot one little item in your post! I was also in Convoy UGS-48.
You surely remember we came under attack by German torpedo plane on 1 August 1944 off North Africa.
There were about 40 attacking planes and I think there were about 3 or 4 shot down. Maybe more. No ships were hit so we were lucky again!
I had been in Convoy UGS-40 when we came under an extemely large attack, near the same area, and we shot down 22 enemy planes. However, we were able to prevent any ship losses. That attack took place on
11 May 1944, the day before my 18th birthday!!!
What a great birthday present!!!