Date of Action: U-boat sunk on 7 July 1942; survivors rescued on 9 July 1942

USCG Units Involved: Hall PH-2, V-167 piloted by LCDR Richard L. Burke, USCG; Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City 

Sinking/Capture/Assist? No, SAR (rescue of survivors)

Location: Waters off North Carolina

Credit by U.S. Navy? No

Enemy Warship's Commanding Officer: Kapitšnleutnant Horst Degen

Enemy Casualties: 36 killed in action; 7 survivors rescued.

USCG Casualties: None


U-701 was sunk on 7 July 1942 by an Army Air Force A-29 Hudson aircraft, piloted by Lieutenant Harry Kane, USAAF, of Bombing Squadron 396.  A few of the U-boat's crew managed to escape the wreck as it lay on the ocean's floor.  The survivors were first located two days later by the Navy blimp K-8.  The blimp's crew dropped rescue supplies and rafts to the Germans and then directed a Coast Guard amphibian to the scene.  Coast Guard PH-2 V167, piloted by noted Coast Guard aviator LCDR Richard L. Burke made a water landing and rescued seven survivors, including the U-boat's commanding officer.

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