Yes. As long as by “off Wrightsville Beach,” you mean about 25 miles off Wrightsville Beach.
There are two incidents that are documented by historians.
Local World War II historian Wilbur Jones, who has written several books on World War II, including “A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs of a Wartime Boomtown,” described one of the attacks.
A German submarine fired three rounds at the Ethyl-Dow plant near Kure Beach on July 25, 1943, Army planes were dispatched to destroy the sub. Though there’s no definitive evidence about whether the sub was sunk by aircraft or surface watercraft, it’s likely that an Army plane did fire on the submarine.
Author Ray McCallister recounts a separate incident in “Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island.”
On March 31, 1942, War Department records indicated that an Army “B-25 sighted a sub 25 miles off Wrightsville Beach (Wilmington, N.C.) and dropped four depth bombs with result of much oil but no debris. Stayed on scene till 1030. At 1745 C.G. Boats arrived and dropped 15 D.C.’s.’”
Date posted: January 22, 2013
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