Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

1944:  April 9:  Sinking of German U-boat, U-515

On April 9, 1944, off Madiera Island, Portugal, rockets fired by TBM "Avenger" and FM "Wildcat" aircraft from Composite Squadron Fifty Eight (VC-58), along with depth charges from USS Pope (DE-134), USS Pillsbury (DE-133), USS Chatelain (DE-149, and USS Flaherty (DE-135) sank German (Type IXC) U-boat, U-515.   The German submarine was successful on her war patrols against Allied merchant vessels and warships by sinking 25 and damaging two.   

Image: 80-G-228416U-515 sinking on April 4, 1944.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.