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This Day In History, January 28th, 2022 – “Sighted Sub, Sank Same”


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It was just 80 years ago today, January 28, 1942, when an American Lockheed Hudson, patrolling the waters off of Newfoundland, spotted the periscope of a German U-Boat. Immediately, Donald Mason, the pilot, took action and dived on the unsuspecting craft. Two depth charges straddled the conning tower, lifting it up above the waves.

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An early war Hudson, similar to the one Mason would have flown. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.

Afterwards, an oil spill was visible, but the ensuing dimness of the evening forced the crew back to base. It was later reported after the war that no evidence of a sub sinking had occurred.

However, legend and lore can sometimes be better than actual fact, for after the action, Mason had radioed back, “Sighted Sub, Sank Same”. It was this short and to the point radio message that rallied not only our Nation, but that of many of our allies during the war, especially in the beginning, when things were not looking so good for the Allies in early 1942. For his action, and quick phrase, Mason would be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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