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USS BOGUE   (ACV-9)
(later CVE-9 and CVHE-9)


Submarines sunk or contacted by USS Bogue Task Groups

by TDCS Ralph Hiestand, USN (Ret)
USS Bogue (CVE-9) Assn. co-Historian

Photos courtesy of the USS Bogue Reunion Association


—  Table 1  —
Submarine losses credited to USS Bogue (CVE-9), her embarked Aircraft Squadrons, DD & DE Escorts assigned
SubmarineDate(s)LocationBasic/Brief details
U-569
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May 22, 1943S of Cape FarewellVC-9: Sub scuttled by crew. 25 survivors, 21 men lost.
U-217Jun 5, 1943WSW of AzoresVC-9: no survivors (50 lost).
U-118
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Jun 12, 1943SSW of AzoresVC-9: 15 survivors, 43 men lost. Had received 11 injured crewmembers from U-758.
U-613Jul 23, 1943S of AzoresUSS George E. Badger (DD-196): Surface depth charge attack. No survivors (48 lost).
U-527Jul 23, 1943S of AzoresVC-9: 13 survivors (40 lost). Caught U-648 & U-527 on surface to refuel. U-648 dove & escaped air attack. U-527 stayed to fight and was sunk.
U-86Nov 29, 1943E of AzoresVC-19: no survivors (50 lost).
U-172
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Dec 13, 1943NNW of Cape Verde IslandsVC-19, USS George E. Badger (DD-196), USS Osmond Ingram (DD-255), USS Clemson (DD-186): 46 survivors (14 lost). Caught U-219 & U-172 refueling. U-219 dove & escaped. U-172 sunk.
U-850
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Dec 20, 1943SW of AzoresVC-19: No survivors (66 lost).
U-575
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Mar 13, 1944N of AzoresVC-95, USS Haverfield (DE-393), USS Hobson (DD-464), HMCS Prince Rupert: There were survivors.
RO-501May 13, 1944NW Cape Verde IslandsJapanese, ex-German U-1224. USS Francis M. Robinson (DE-220).
I-52Jun 24, 1944W of Cape Verde IslandsJapanese. VC-69: No survivors. Mixed Japanese crew & German techs. U-530 in support of I-52 was in area but escaped search.
U-1229
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Aug 20, 1944SSE Cape RaceVC-42: 42 survivors, include spy Mantel (18 lost).
U-546Apr 24, 1945SSE Cape FarwellVC-19, USS Bogue (CVE-9), USS Core (CVE-13), DE escorts: sub sank USS Frederick C. Davis (DE-136). There were survivors.

Archive Manager's Note: U-546 (Kapitänleutnant Paul Just) departed Kristiansand, Norway, on March 21, 1945. It was depth charged and sunk, position 43°53'N 40°07'W, by USS Pillsbury (DE-133, LCDR G.W. Casselman), USS Flaherty (DE-135, LCDR H.C. Dufe), USS Chatelain (DE-149, LCDR D.S. Knox), USS Neunzer (DE-150, LCDR V.E. Gex), USS Hubbard (DE-211, CDR L.C. Mabley), USS Keith (DE-241, LCDR W.W. Patrick), USS Janssen (DE-396, LCDR S.G. Rubinow, Jr.), and USS Varian (DE-798, LCDR L.A. Myhre); read LCDR Myhre's Memoirs, concerning this sinking and other events.


—  Table 2  —
Submarines known to be contacted by Aircraft, DD and DE Escorts of USS Bogue (CVE-9) Task Groups, but not destroyed
SubmarineDate(s)LocationBasic/Brief details
U-336Mar 7, 1943West of IrelandVC-9: First sighting & attack by Bogue group. Depth bombs failed release. "No Joy".
U-468Apr 21, 1943S Cape FarewellVC-9: Heavy flak drove a/c off. Lost contact.
U-231May 21, 1943SE Cape FarewellVC-9: Attack damaged conning tower. Sub returned to Brest.
U-305May 22, 1943S Cape FarewellVC-9: Sub spotted 3 times. Severely damaged, managed temporary repair & escape.
U-641May 22, 1943SW AzoresVC-9: Flak damaged a/c in aerial attack. Escaped contact.
U-603
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Jun 4, 1943SW AzoresVC-9: Contact escorting convoy to Africa. Depth bombs failed to damage.
U-758Jun 8, 1943W of AzoresVC-9: Attacked and damaged U-758 which escaped and transferred 11 injured to U-118 (sunk Jun 12, 1943).
U-648Jul 23, 1943W AzoresVC-9: Caught U-648 & U-527 on surface to refuel. U-648 dove & escaped air attack. U-527 stayed to fight and was sunk.
U-764Nov 29, 1943W of Cape FinisterreVC-19: Attacked but escaped to Brest for repairs.
U-238Nov 30, 1943W of SpainVC-19: A/c attack caused sub recall to Brest. 2 crew killed, 5 wounded.
U-219Dec 12, 1943NNW Cape Verde IslandsVC-19: Caught U-219 & U-172 refueling. U-219 dove & escaped. U-172 sunk by Bogue DDs.
U-530Jun 23-24, 1944W Cape Verde IslandsVC-69: U-530 in support of Japanese I-52 was in area but escaped search.
U-802Aug 15-Sep 2, 1944Grand BankVC-42: Spotted twice. Subsequently attacked. Escaped undamaged.
U-881Apr 23, 1945En route to the US East CoastProbably the U-boat sighted by an Avenger of VC-19: Dove & escaped. Did not heed surrender: sunk by USS Farquhar (DE-139) on May 6, 1945.


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ACV-9 Bogue
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Bogue's and VC-9's first victim: U-569 (Type VIIC, sunk) under attack by LTJG William F. Chamberlain, 22 May 1943

Note depth bomb in air.

LTJG Chamberlain was the TBF-1 pilot; Don Clark, AMM 2/c turret gunner; James O. Stine, ARM 2/c radioman. Jim took the picture during the attack (thanks to Omer S. Olson for this information).

ACV-9 Bogue
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157k

Rescue of U-569 survivors.

Photo courtesy of Moncrieff ("Monty") J. Spear, co-author, VC-9 First in the Battle of the Atlantic.

ACV-9 Bogue
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74k U-603 (Type VIIC, damaged) under attack, 4 June 1943. Circular splashes mark where machinge-gun bullets hit water near the U-boat. One depth bomb struck U-603's jumping wire and bounced off before exploding.

ACV-9 Bogue
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78k U-118 (Type XB, sunk) under attack, 12 June 1943. Note depth bomb about to enter the water (circled) and the two men crouched by the conning tower.

ACV-9 Bogue
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202k U-118 (Type XB, sunk) under attack, 12 June 1943. U-118 blows up throwing large amounts of oil and debris of all sorts high in the air. LT(JG) Johnson was flying at 600 feet, and says the spray went up higher than he was. LT(JG) Heim's F4F can be seen pulling out after strafing run to the left depth charge plume. Photo by O.L. Scholl, ARM2/c, in LT(JG) Fryatt's plane.

Photo courtesy of Moncrieff ("Monty") J. Spear, co-author, VC-9 First in the Battle of the Atlantic.

ACV-9 Bogue
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184k U-118 (Type XB, sunk) under attack, 12 June 1943. Debris splashing back in the water pulling part of the spray down to one side. Note the F4F flown by LT(JG) E.S. Heim, USNR, which has completed strafing run and is pulling out. Photo by O.L. Scholl, ARM2/c, in LT(JG) Fryatt's plane.

Photo courtesy of Moncrieff ("Monty") J. Spear, co-author, VC-9 First in the Battle of the Atlantic.

ACV-9 Bogue
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92k Photo No.: CVE9-225
Date: 17 June 1943
Subject: Sinking Sub

This is a mystery photo, as no German U-Boat was lost on that date.

CVE-9 Bogue
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80k Photo No.: CVE9-392
Date: 13 December 1943
Subject: U/B attack by LT(JG) Ogle

LTJG Ogle, VC-19, attacks U-172 (Type IXC, sunk).

CVE-9 Bogue
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60k Photo No.: CVE9-430
Date: 20 December 1943
Subject: German U/B attack by LT(JG) Bradshaw

Attack on U-850 (Type IXD2, sunk) by LTJG Bradshaw, VC-19.

CVE-9 Bogue
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109k Photo No.: CVE9-498
Date: 13 March 1944
Subject: German U/B attack by LT D.A. Pattie

Attack on U-575 (Type VIIC, sunk) by LT Donald A. Pattie, VC-19.

CVE-9 Bogue
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72k Photo No.: CVE9-927
Date: 20 August 1944
Subject: Attack on enemy U/B by LT(JG) A.X. Brokus

Attack on U-1229 (Type IXC/40, sunk) by LTJG A.X. Brokus, VC-42.

CVE-9 Bogue
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56k Photo No.: CVE9-960
Date: 20 August 1944
Subject: German U/B attack by LT(JG) M.J. Sherbring USNR showing schnorkel

Attack on U-1229 (Type IXC/40, sunk) by LTJG M.J. Sherbring, VC-42.


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