The Great Gale of 1944

21 June 2017

“Companion book: “Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”

This week in 1944, the PC 552 lost an anchor in the Great Gale of 1944 at Normandy. The ship was forced to run before the gale to survive. Ships were tossed around like matchsticks. What did you do this week?

The Germans knew the Allies required a major port so they placed their defenses around the ports. The Allies circumvented this by bringing Mulberries, portable ports. The Great Gale destroyed one Mulberry.

The navy quit listing the date and place of enlistment on the ship’s roster at some point. Because of this change, we lack this information for the following sailors who joined the ship in 1945:

Last Name First Name Serial Number
Blankenship Vernon (n) 9358706
Dolan John Joseph 8087644
Huling Paul T. 2762851
Kielty James Harold 2240816
Lindsay Richard (n) 2247365
Hicks Hinson Richard 8312119

This information can be found at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), I Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63138. If you visit this facility, you may request this information. Please make sure to note this is for nonprofit historical research. Please help these sailors be remembered.

We need the date and place of enlistment for these men.

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Air Attack!

14 June 2017

“Companion book: “Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”

This week in 1944, the PC 552 suffered several air attacks, including a near miss at the stern. What did you do this week?

Most historians will say that the Nazi air cover on D-day was negligible and they are probably right.  I suppose when enemy fire is looked at from a strategic point of view, it can seem that way. However, from the point of view of the men of the PC 552, it seemed very up close and personal. A number of air attacks were noted in the ship’s documents, including a near miss.

Lt. (jg) Thomas Alexander Covert of Germantown, PA came aboard the ship 06 December 1942, two years before D-day. According to the ship’s muster rolls, he was the executive officer from that date to 31 July 1943.

However, we don’t know the date he was transferred from the ship and the rank he held when he transferred.

This information can be found at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), I Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63138. If you visit this facility, you may request this information. Please make sure to note this is for nonprofit historical research. Please help these sailors be remembered.

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D-day, June 6, 1944

 

Dead on D-Day
Americans picking up their dead on D-day

“Companion book: “Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”

 

Yesterday, 73 years ago, the Allies launched the Battle of Normandy which began the slow trek to the heart of Nazi Germany. It remains the largest amphibious assault in the history of the world.

The PC 552 was in the front lines of the US Navy. Its job was to manage the timing of the assaulting lines and provide suppressing fire. It first released the 741st Tank Battalion which promptly sunk and the ship had to pick up scores of drowning men while dodging enemy fire. The ship was almost destroyed by German 88 artillery.

The men who recorded their thoughts were consistent:
i. They assumed they were NOT coming back alive.
ii. The drowning men of the 741st haunted them to their last days.
iii. They couldn’t understand how all those bullets missed them.

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