Monday, November 08, 2010

USS Herring (SS-233) Sinks Ship in the Atlantic

On this day in 1942, USS Herring (SS-233), a Gato-class submarine, sank the Vichy (Axis-allied French) merchant ship Ville du Havre, 5,083 tons, off of Casablanca, Morocco, during "Operation Torch", the invasion of North Africa. Herring was one of five U.S. submarines to participate in Operation Torch.

Herring is one of the few U.S. submarines to sink an enemy ship in the Atlantic.

She conducted four more Atlantic patrols, but was unsuccessful, and she was, like the rest of the U.S. submarine force, redeployed to the Pacific.

On 01 June 1944, Herring was sunk by a Japanese shore battery.


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