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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, October 13, 1943
U-Boat Attack near Algeria
While escorting a convoy to Oran, Algeria, Bristol was struck by an enemy torpedo on the port side at the forward engine room, causing the ship to break in half. Only one explosion occurred. No fires resulted, but steam, electrical power, and communications were lost. Eight minutes after the explosion Bristol was ordered abandoned when the after section sank and four minutes later the bow section went down. Bristol suffered the loss of 52 of her crew, The survivors were rescued by Trippe (DD-403) and Wainwright (DD-419).

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 51

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Joseph Althoff USN
Sea 2c Edward Amspacher USN
Sea 2c Frank Angione USN
Sea 2c William Averill USN
Ck 3c Floyd Bailey USN
Sea 2c Ward Bailey USN
Y 1c Jack Barnes USN
Lt Joshua Baxley USN
MM 3c Taylor Billett USN
Ens Harland Bowdey USN
MM 1c Columbus Brewster USN
WT 2c Franklin Defluiter USN
FC 2c Henry Devera USN
TM 2c Wilfred Dubois USN
Bmkr 1c Stanley Dunaj USN
MM 3c Bruce Edens USN
WT 1c Q. Fitzgerald USN
MM 1c John Flanagan USN
EM 1c Eilis Fors USN
FC 1c Elmer Glaze USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)