In this image, the crew of the USS Spencer (or possibly the USS Duane) can be seen dropping depth charges on a German U-Boat in the North Atlantic. This is likely part of the same event where the USS Duane and the USS Spencer destroyed U-175 and then rescued the surviving crew. This image was likely taken by Jack January on April 17, 1943. It is a very similar vantage point to an image published on the USCG website.
About John Baker’s Warbook
The Warbook is a collection of approximately 150 original photographs taken during World War II revolving around the travels of Coast Guard cutter USS Duane. This book was compiled by my grandfather John Baker, who is the subject of many photos. Each image and caption from the book will be sequentially posted on this blog, along with other historical research when possible.
-Adam Michael Baker Randazzo
- Featured on the LIFE Magazine Website
- Dale Rooks Website
- One Year Ago
- Updates to “1943 – USS Duane Signaling Navy Blimp” Post
- 1945 – Minor Surgery Performed by Ph. M Baker and Ph. M. Schaefer
- 1945 – “Sack Time” for Baker, Rooks and Schaefer aboard the USCG USS Duane
- 1945 – Members of USCG USS Duane Crew with Shaved Heads
- June 16, 1943 – “The Duane Torpedo” interviews John Baker on his 27th birthday
- 1945 – Morning exercises for members of 8th Fleet, North Africa
- 1945 – USS Duane Captain Awards Crew Members in North Africa