USS Bristol (453)

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USS Bristol (453)

Postby ellenheid » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:56 pm

I am looking for pictures of the destroyer USS Bristol (DD453) that went down in the Algeria on Dec.13,1943. I am looking for pictures of any of the crew members or any information about this destroyer. Charles A. Heidenreich was one of the 52 men that died.
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Re: USS Bristol (453)

Postby RF » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:14 pm

I hadn't heard of this ship, it must be one of the few warship losses to the Germans sustained by the US Navy.

I presume its loss was down to a mine? There was little in the way of German airpower in that region and hardly any U-boats?
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Re: USS Bristol (453)

Postby ellenheid » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:46 pm

The Bristol USS was a american Gleaves class destroyer. On October 13,1943 at 4:30 the Bristol was struck on the port side at the forward engine room by a single torpedo from German submarine U-371. Bristol suffered the loss of 52 of her crew. The survivors were rescued by Trippe (DD-403) and Wainwright(DD_419). Bristol received three battle stars for her World WarII service. I am trying to find and pictures of the crew.

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Re: USS Bristol (453)

Postby RF » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:56 pm

October 1943, that makes things clearer.

Good luck with your search.
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Re: USS Bristol (453)

Postby jorgea » Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:45 pm

Are you still looking for this?

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Re: USS Bristol (453)

Postby ellenheid » Fri May 30, 2014 7:42 pm

Yes I am still looking for information on the USS BRISTOL(453). If you have any information please let me know.

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Re: USS Bristol (453)

Postby Ljohnson » Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:43 am

It's a year later, are you still wanting photos & information?

My uncle, Roy Strieter, was also lost on the same ship, his body never recovered.

I have websites, such as uboat.net , photos from navsource.net and you may even search findagrave.com for your crewman'a memorial - my uncle has 3 of them! There is also a video here: https://archive.org/details/NPC-3133 that can be downloaded. It's a Navy Recruitment film, but around the 3 minute mark is DD-453 being launched in 1941.

Hope this helps you or others out there who are looking. I'm continuing the search myself.

L J


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