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U-175 Crewmen After Rescue by USCGC Spencer (WPG-36)

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Fahnrich Ingenieur (Ensign Engineer) Karl Volker, from St. Leon-Rot, and two identified survivors shiver on the deck of USCGC Spencer (WPG-36) after being pulled from the North Atlantic when his U-Boat, U-175, was sunk attempting to attack Convoy HX-233 on April 17. 1943. His wet clothes behind him, the man in the center wears the Kriegsmarine eagle on his undershirt. After being depth charged and hit by heavy fire, forty-one German sailors were rescued by Spencer and USCGC Duane (WPG-33). Half-drowned, some wounded, the Germans were stripped, given hot coffee and cigarettes, and kept in the Wardroom of Spencer, where they ate corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. American propaganda claimed they received better food then what was available on their submarine. They were taken to Scotland on April 20 and eventually sent to prisoner of war camps in the United States . Thirteen Germans and one American were killed in the battle. Spencer‘s Radioman Third Class Julius Petrella, of Brooklyn, New York, was buried at sea.
Image Filename wwii0185.jpg
Image Size 3.42 MB
Image Dimensions 2932 x 2353
Photographer January, Jack
Photographer Title United States Coast Guard
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed April 17, 1943
Location Deck of USCGC Spencer (WPG-36)
City 47.53N, 22.04W
State or Province 600 Miles Southwest of Ireland
Country Atlantic Ocean
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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