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Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

1944:  March 17:  Sinking of German U-boat, U-801

On March 17, 1944, TBF "Avenger" aircraft from Composite Squadron Six (VC-6) based onboard USS Block Island (CVE-21), along with USS Corry (DD-463) and USS Bronstein (DE-189) sank German (Type IXC) U-boat, U-801, in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Cape Verdes.  The U-boat did not sink any Allied vessels or warships on her war patrols.   

Image:  80-G-222848U-801 being attacked, March 16-17, 1944.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.