U-1023 in Plymouth after being captured. She was the same type as U-223, which sank the Dorchester.

US Coast Guard Cutter Comanche left Boston in January 1943. She made contact with her convoy on the 29th and proceeded as scheduled. It was a routine escort, three troopships, and three Coast Guard cutters. They sailed into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, hoping and praying they would return home again.

They were following Convoy Route “SG,” from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Greenland. They knew these waters well, but the men on board were cautious, two ships had been sunk on this patrol just five months ago. Despite the possible danger, they knew these troopships needed to continue their journey. The men on board were required in Europe, to help win the war so they could all finally get back home.

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