USCG Spencer sinks U-175
17th April 1943: A dramatic sequence of images tells the story of a successful U-Boat hunt in mid Atlantic
On 6th April 1943 the 56-ship convoy HX-233 left New York headed for Liverpool, England.
On the 10th April U-175, captained by Heinrich Bruns, just promoted to Korvettenkapitän, left Lorient in France and headed out on her third patrol. Bruns had sunk nine ships on his first patrol - and had been awarded the Iron Cross, First Class - but only one ship on his second.
On the 11th USCGC Spencer left the Canadian port of St John’s to take over from the local escort to the convoy on the 12th1:
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