Coast Resident Knew German Sub Was There - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Coast Resident Knew German Sub Was There

"When the war broke out, we had to protect the ships in the Gulf because they were sinking them all during the night time," says retired Coast Guard Senior Chief George Boggs. He's talking about the German U-boats that set up shop in the Gulf and were sinking about a hundred ships off the coast in 1942. Coast Guard planes were being called on to protect merchant ships.

Senior Chief Boggs was a radioman onboard one of those amphibious planes, and on August 1, 1942, just two days after it sunk its last merchant ship, the U-166 met up with Boggs' plane. "We saw something up on the surface we took the glasses and looked and it actually was a submarine, so we started preparations for the attack."

The U-166 started to submerge and in doing so allowed the amphibious plane to dive attack the sub without being shot down by the U-Boat's deck guns, which Boggs says would have knocked them out of the sky.

"When the submarine just broke the surface we dropped a depth charge on him, when we dropped the bomb it was from 250 feet, and it exploded."

When the plane circled back, there was no wreckage on top of the water, but they did see a small oil slick. In a report filed by the pilot on the day of the attack he said he was confident it was a direct hit. Boggs and the pilot were sure they sunk the U-Boat, but just last week, it was confirmed when the wreckage was found in the Gulf almost 60 years later.

"One of the guys from Germany called me two days ago, and I told him there was no doubt in my mind that I sunk the thing, but it's good to have it clarified."

Boggs says when they flew back to base they were debriefed and told not to mention this to anyone for fear that news of German Subs that close to the Gulf Coast would cause citizens to panic.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly