|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1916|
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 1941|
Dec 1, 1941 - Mon.
German submarine U-575 encounters and tracks unarmed U.S. tanker Astral, the latter en route from Aruba, N.W.I., to Lisbon, Portugal, with a cargo of 78,200 barrels of gasoline and kerosene. After seeing that Astral is unarmed and bears prominent neutrality markings, however, the U-boat's commanding officer, Kapitanleutnant Gunther Heydemann, allows the American ship to pass unmolested. Subsequently, another submarine in the vicinity, U-43, encounters Astral and attacks her, but her torpedoes miss their mark (see 2 December).
Dec 2, 1941 - Tue.
German submarine U-43 again attacks unarmed U.S. tanker Astral and this time torpedoes and sinks her at 35°40'N, 24°00'W. There are no survivors from the 37-man merchant crew.
Info found on website - hyperwar.com
William E Fritts (1883 - 1942)
Georgie Greear Fritts (1899 - 1971)
Phillip Lon Fritts (1916 - 1941)
William E Fritts (1924 - 2008)*
3rd Mate U.S.S. Astral - Lost at Sea
Note: Near Marker 1257.
Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
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Record added: Nov 27, 2011
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