Five months later he attacked three battleships protected by 10 E-boats
and several destroyers.
From there, the vital intelligence was gathered by tracking the movements of the German E-Boats
sailing from France.
When German E-boats
attacked US infantry divisions rehearsing for the Normandy landings, more than 600 men were lost in the darkness.
Severely damaged, she was taken under tow by the tug Great Emperor and for four days she was attacked by E-boats
and bombers as she struggled back to the Tyne at three knots.
These little coal laden ships scuttled between the Thames and the North East rivers - never an easy trip, as by day and night they were a target for the Luftwaffe and by the E-boats
of the Kriegsmarine.
We were attacked by dive bombers, U-boats and E-boats
would fire torpedoes at us.
The original plan allowed that Force Z would turn back at about 1900 because it would have been foolhardy to have taken Rodney and Nelson (two 1920s battleships with very primitive anti-air and anti-E-boat
capabilities) and the carriers Indomitable and Victorious (who did not have a night-fighter capability) into the relatively narrow waters of the Tunisian Straits, which were heavily mined and infested with Italian submarines and Italian and German E-boats
, with shore-based enemy aircraft to the northeast and the west.
A flotilla of nine German E-boats
had been ordered to investigate unusual radio activity in the area and believed they had stumbled across several destroyers.
There's a chapter about his war exploits in which he writes about searching for the survivors of sunken E-Boats
- the German equivalent of MTBs - when aflight of RAF Beaufighters mistook them for the enemy injuring Colin, who was hit by 13 pieces of shrapnel.
His sea duty was aboard the Tribal class destroyer HMCS Haida, escorting Murmansk convoys, fighting running battles with German E-boats
in the English Channel, and escorting troop convoys to France for D-Day.
They have coastal batteries and minefields; they have bombers and E-boats
A total of 749 US military personnel died during Exercise Tiger, which happened just weeks before the Normandy invasion when German E-Boats
attacked a convoy of 300 ships and 30,000 men in Lyme Bay in the early hours of April 28, 1944.