May 16, 1942

Claims 27 of 41 Sailors
NEW ORLEANS, La.—A Nazi submarine struck a mere mile and a half from the mouth of the Mississippi River yesterday, sending a large American cargo ship to the bottom. The second of three torpedoes striking the ship set the vessel ablaze after which it burned for six hours. The first torpedo stuck at 3:05 p.m. central war time (CWT). Fourteen crewmembers were able to dive into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but 27 crewmembers died in the flames aboard ship. Four of the surviving sailors are in critical condition in the Marine Hospital in New Orleans. Speculation is the U-boat had been lying in wait at the bottom of the hundred-feet-deep water, which is where the cargo ship now rests.

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