Document from the Nat'l Archives: Written about in almost every book regarding 'Operation Torch', was the
only ship in the Eastern Task Force to get torpedoed; the Thomas Stone. After the strickened ship was left behind,
prey for German U Boats, 24 tiny landing craft were launched in the evening hours of November 7th 1942.
The plan was heroic, given the dangerous circumstances.The result almost led to disaster.