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Feb 24, 1944

24 Feb 1944, PBY-5As (VP 63) employing Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) gear, and a PV-1 (VB 127), together with an RAF Catalina (No. 202 Squadron) and British destroyers HMS Anthony and Wishart, bombed German submarine U 761 as she attempted to transit the Straits of Gibraltar. U 761 was the first U-boat destroyed through the use of MAD equipment. The destroyers rescued the U-boat survivors.

Theater:  Atlantic Theater

ItemType:  Equipment

Source:  Naval History & Heritage Command

Date Added: 2011-02-24

Tags: MAD, Magnetic Anomaly Detection, Catalina, PBY, U-761, U-Boat, Gibralter

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