U-856 was sunk April 7, 1944 by VC-42 aircraft of USS Croatan and her escorts USS Boyle, Huse and Champlin

U-856 on the surface - taken from USS Huse as she approached to ram - USS Champlin in the distance


USS Champlin was also credited with the destruction of U-130 on March 12, 1943.  To learn more about the Champlin click on the icon below to proced to her website


     USS CHAMPLIN (DD-601)




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Atlantic Fleet ASW Unit, Analysis of Coordinated Anti-Submarine Action
Photos taken from escorts during the attack on U-856
Photographs of the funeral service for Champlin's Commanding Officer Commander John J. Schaffer, killed by friendly fire
Photographs of VC-42 personnel receiving medal's from RADM Albert C. Reed at Norfolk
Report on the Interrogation of Survivors from U-856