Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

1944 January 11:   Attack on German U-boat, U-758

TBF aircraft from USS Block Island (CVE-21) on January 11, 1944, made the first aircraft rocket attack on a German (Type VIIC) U-boat, U-758.  The submarine survived the attack and returned to St. Nazaire, France, on January 20.  In March 1945, U-758 was stricken from the German Navy after being damaged by British bombers at Kiel, Germany.  

Image:  80-G-222841:  German submarine, U-758, is near missed by two rockets fired by USS Block Island (CVE-21).  The TBF aircraft was piloted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Willis D. Seeley, January 11, 1944.  Though a follow-up was delievered, the submarine escaped.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.