USS Donnell (DE 56)

Casualty List

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer Escort
Class Buckley 
Pennant DE 56 
Built by Bethlehem Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 27 Nov 1942 
Launched 13 Mar 1943 
Commissioned 26 Jun 1943 
End service 23 Oct 1945 
History On 3 May 1944, the USS Donnell was on her fifth transatlantic voyage, when she made a sound contact and sighted a periscope, 450 miles southwest of Cape Clear, Ireland. She prepared for a depth charge attack but was hit at 12.00 hrs by one torpedo from U-473, which hit the after part and the explosion of her own depth charges blew off the stern. 29 men were killed and 25 wounded. The vessel was towed by the destroyer escorts USS Reeves (DD 156) and USS Hopping (DE 155) and the tug HMS Samsonia to Dunnstaffnage Bay, Scotland, arriving on 12 May. The damage was too extensive, that the ship was reclassified as IX-182 on 10 July 1944 and was used as accommodation ship at Lisahally. Later towed via Plymouth to Cherbourg where she supplied electric power to shore. 1945 she laid in Portland and Plymouth and was then towed back to the States and was decommissioned on 23 October 1945. She was stricken on 16 November 1945 and sold for scrap on 29 April 1946.