and the torpedo strike on the USS Thomas Stone; there has never
been positive data indicating a
confirmed hit on the Thomas
Stone from a German U Boat November 7th 1942.
of the U Boat log
entries are concise. There's only the wordage: "probable."
Rohwer's Axis Submarine Successes
of WII noted U205's claim but also credits aircraft for the hit.
It was always suspected the attack was from above, (from an
airplane), scroll all the way down.
U Boat claims were proven faulty years
ago by well
known author & historian, Francesco Mattesini. Through
collaboration of exhaustive
research from this ongoing documentary,
eyewitness testimonies, multiple sources confirm conclusive
evidence of the origin of
the torpedo by Francesco Mattesini:
can be no doubt, it was a German airplane, a Heinkel He 111 from the 6th
Squadron of the 26th Bomber Wing (6/KG.26), that
attacked the THOMAS STONE. This was the only German air torpedo
squadron present in the Mediterranean on November 7, 1942, while the
two groups I./KG.26
and III./KG.26 (respectively with torpedo-carrying aircrafts He 111 and
Ju 88), coming from Norway, arrived in Grosseto the morning of November
were utilized from Sardinia in the area of Algiers starting from the
morning of November 9. The subsequent torpedoing of the American troop
transport ship LEEDSTOWN is attributed to the Ju 88 from the III./KG.26
and to the German submarine U 331. With respect to my information on
the November 7
attacks, my objections/observations to Rohwer’s book (of which I have
the original German version): At 20:09 the German submarine U 205
(bürgel) attacked a large ship (16.000 tsl), in CH 8333 corresponding
to lat. 37°27’N, 02°40’E. The THOMAS STONE was in effect hit quite far
away, at lat. 37°31’N, long. 00°01’E (33 miles from Cape Palos); but
most of all the fact that it was damaged at 05:43 is important, and
consequently not on the evening of November 7 but at morning’s first
light, when the 6/KG.26’s He 111 attacked. At 21:00 the Italian
submarine TOPAZIO (Patané) carried out anattack with no results
northwest of Algiers, lat. 37°05’N, long. 02°41’E. 40 miles northwest
of Cape Casine."
partecipazione tedesca alla guerra aeronavale nel Mediterraneo
from War diaries of the USS Samuel Chase and USS Ancon
(AGC-4), specific details confirm a plane. Quote from the
about 0545 a plane glided in from our port quarter dropping a torpedo
which hit the USS Thomas Stone. A torpedo was dropped off the quarter
of the Samuel Chase but missed by about fifty yards. When on the port
beam the plane gunned its motors and pulled away."
Charles W. Johnson
Prairie Reflections USS Thomas Stone
Below is a diary excerpt from Lucky Chase historian Leo Greenberg dated November 7th 1942 which collaborates research from Francesco Mattesini.
Below is a page excerpt from After Action Reports, NARA, November 1942 further collaborating research from Francesco Mattesini. *See the description: "It was a large twin engine plane." Other veterans recalled seeing the same plane. And its noteworthy that none of the allied friendly aircraft in that convoy were twin engine planes. The German Heinkel He 111 is a large twin engine plane. Below is another page excerpt from After Action Reports, November 1942 further collaborating research from
See the yellow highted text: "Submarine Was Not Sighted"
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