OTDIH 21 July 1943

70-years ago today…

Another good day for HM Submarines…

HMS Sickle, Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSC, RN commanding, torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant ‘Oriani’ (2320 GRT) 8-miles WNW of Elba.

And a good day for the US Navy submarine force…

USS Haddock (SS-231) a Gato class submarine, Lt. Cdr. R.M. Davenport, USN commanding, torpedoed & sank the Japanese troop transport ‘Saipan Maru’ (5532 GRT) off Saipan in position 16°18’N, 134°04’E.

Not such as good day for the Kriegsmarine…

U-662 was sunk by depth charges from a Catalina aircraft in the South Atlantic in position in position 03.56N, 48.46W.

Close, but no cigar…

HMS Templar, Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN commanding, attacked the Italian submarine ‘Axum’ 5-miles NW of Calvi, Corsica. The Templar fired 7 torpedoes during a series of attacks… and all missed.

Construction news…

USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) an Edsall class destroyer escort, Lt.Cdr. Alfred Wiltz Gardes, Jr., USN commanding, was commissioned into the United States Navy.

And off the coast of Sicily…

The US Navy’s (6-inch gun) cruisers USS Brooklyn (CL-40), USS Savannah (CL-42) and USS Boise (CL-47) together with the Royal Navy’s Roberts-class (15-inch gun) monitor HMS Abercrombie lay off the coast of Sicily to provide naval gunfire support for 7th Army.

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