The war was over! The personnel of Subchaser Detachment Two were jubilant; they had had a hand, they felt, in the final result and would soon be headed for home. A flotilla of 36 submarine chasers, those wooden cockleshells that were produced in quantity to combat the undersea menace, plus the tender Leonidas and Base 25, located on the olive-groved Greek island of Corfu, formed the detachment. The chasers had decidedly done their bit on the Otranto Barrage which stretched from Albania across the straits to the heel of Italy’s boot with the intent of confining within the Adriatic those German and Austrian submarines which had played havoc in the Mediterranean. British destroyers, sloops, and trawlers played their roles, too, in this barrage, but the chasers were the primary attack units and had acquitted themselves splendidly.
The Austro-American Navy
By Commander E. E. Hazlett, Jr., U. S. Navy (Retired)