Shown here is the Type VIIC boat U-271 under attack from a USN Liberator. On 12 January 1944 U-271 left Brest for the North Atlantic, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Curt Barleban. On 28 January it was spotted by a PB4Y-1 Liberator of VPB-103, flown by Lieutenant C.A. Enloe, when about 210 miles west of Blacksod Bay, North-west of Eire (today the Irish Rep.). The squadron was under the operational control of the RAF's No.19 Group, and the aircraft was escoring convoy ON221. Enloe approached out of the sun and dropped a stick of depth charges, while his gunners exchanged fire with the U-boat. The depth charges straddled the target, which lost forward movement and began to sink, filling the surrounding water with air bubbles. It was lost with all fifty-one hands. Ref: AIR 15/472

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