|CAPTURE OF NAZI SUBMARINE IN NINTEEN FORTY-FOUR REVEALED
of the best kept secrets of the war was revealed today by announcement
that on June 4, 1944, a U.S. Navy escort carrier task group reverted
to the tactics of the early Continental Navy and hunted down, attacked,
boarded, and captured the Nazi submarine U-505, 150 miles west of
Cape Blanco in French West Africa. The Task Group then towed their
prize 2,500 miles to Naval Operating Base, Bermuda. This was the
first time the U.S. Navy had boarded and captured a foreign enemy
man-of-war in battle on the high seas since 1815.
Task Group consisted of the baby flattop USS GUADALCANAL and her
five destroyer escorts, The group was commanded by Captain Daniel
V. Gallery, U.S.N., a veteran Naval Aviator of 1256 McAllister Place,
Chicago, Illinois, and Vienna, Virginia, who was also Commanding
Officer of the GUADALCANAL.
units of the Task Group were the U.S.S. PILLSBURY, commanded by
Lieutenant Commander George W. Cassleman, U.S.N.R., of 1020 Barthelme
Street, Joliet, Illinois; USS CHATELAIN, under command of Lieutenant
Commander Dudley S. Knox, U.S.N.R., of 1512 34th Street, Northwest,
Washington, D.C.; USS POPE, under Lieutenant Commander Edwin H.
Headland, Jr., U.S.N., of Henriette, Minnesota; USS FLAHERTY, under
Lieutenant Commander Means Johnston, Jr., U.S.N., of Greenwood,
Mississippi, and USS JENKS, under Lieutenant Commander, Julius F.
Way, U.S.N., of Stonington, Maine. Commander Frederick S. Hall,
U.S.N., of 16 Elm Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio, was the destroyer division
commander and Lieutenant Norman D. Hodson, U.S.N., of 1508 G. Street,
San Bernardino, California, commanded the GUADALCANAL's aircraft
capture occurred while the U-505 was returning to her base after
an 80-day commerce destroying raid in the Gulf of Guinea. The U-boat
was running completely submerged and was in perfect position to
attack the GUADALCANAL when first detected by the sound gear of
the CHATELAIN in the GUADALCANAL's screen. Fighter planes from from
the carrier spotted the deep running sub from the air and guided
the destroyers to the attack by firing their fixed guns into the
water and zooming the spot directly over the submerged sub. Following
directions given from the air by two fighter pilots from Composite
Squadron Eight, flying from the GUADALCANAL, Lieutenant Wolffe W.
Roberts, U.S.N.R., of 611 10th Avenue, Lewiston, Idaho, and Lieutenant
John W. Cadle, Jr., U.S.N.R., of 212 Ottawa Avenue, Dixon, Illinois,
the CHATELAIN delivered a damaging depth charge attack which forced
the U-boat to the surface right in the middle of the task group.
task group immediately deluged the cornered U-boat with fire from
small caliber automatic weapons. In accordance with previously laid
plans for driving the crew overboard without doing serious structural
damage to the sub, only anti-personnel ammunition was fired instead
of the usual armor piercing shells. The Nazis tried to man their
guns and fight it out on the surface but they were soon driven overboard
by the hail of machine gun bullets from the task group. They left
their U-boat circling at speed on the surface, and rapidly filling
with water through the scuttling valves which they opened when they