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National Museum of the U.S. Navy

1943: November 1:  Sinking of German U-boat, U-405

On November 1, 1943, USS Borie (DD-215) rammed and sank German (Type VIIC) U-boat, U-405, in the North Atlantic, north of the Azores.  As a result of the ramming, Borie was so badly damaged that she was scuttled the following day after a failed attempt to tow her to port.  U-405 sank five Allied vessels, including the American merchant ship, SS Wade Hampton, on February 28, 1943. 

Image:  80-G-43655:   Sinking of German U-boat, U-405. Artwork by U.S. Coast Guard Warrant Boatswain Hunter Wood.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collection of the National Archives.