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SHIPS SUNK USA 78 - U S SHIPS G / J

9)JOHN WORTHINGTON U-154




Sister ship John Brown



Built 1920


Tonnage 8,166 / 12,500 tons


Cargo: Ballast


Sunk 28 May 43 by U-154 in position 03º 52"S 36º 48"W.


0 Dead


56 Survivors


Between 04.43 and 04.46 hours on 28 May 1943,U - 154 fired six torpedoes at the convoy BT-14 about 125 miles east of Fortaleza, Brazil and reported one tanker damaged, one freighter sunk, one tanker probably sunk and two more freighters sunk. In fact each of the three ships Florida in station #53, Cardinal Gibbons in station #61 and John Worthington in station #42 were hit by one torpedo and all reached port safely, but the last ship was never repaired. The ship veered 30° to starboard, but regained her course and continued on her way, rejoining the convoy the next morning.


Only a few of the eight officers, 34 crewmen and 14 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) suffered slight injuries. After temporary repairs at Trinidad the ship was sailed on 10 June to GalvestonTexasfor major repairs, arriving on 21 June. But the tanker was never repaired and did not return to service. 


By www.uboat.net


 

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