U-Boat Attack off Cape Clear Ireland
On May 3, 1944, 450 miles southwest of Cape Clear, Ireland, Donnell made a sound contact, then sighted a periscope a few minutes later and pressed home a depth charge attack. Simultaneously, she was struck by a torpedo from U-765 which blew off her stern. Explosion of her own depth charges inflicted additional damage. ... Twenty-nine crewmembers were killed. ... Donnell was towed by USS Reeves DE 156, USS Hopping DE 155 and HMS Samsonia to Dunnstaffnage Bay, Scotland, arriving May 12. Since repairs would have involved extensive reconstruction, she was placed in commission in reserve at Lisahally, Northern Ireland.