The general cargo ship Beacon Grange sinks after being torpedoed amid ships by on April Photo taken from the submarine's coning tower. German submariners routinely machine gunned seamen who survived the initial blast and found themselves in the water.
The American tanker R.P. Resor sinks after it was torpedoed, on Feb 26, 1942, five miles off Sea Girt, Delaware. Of the crew of 50, only 2 survived. It showed how menacingly close U-boats came to the country's East Coast in early 1942.