14 June 2017
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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.
We need the date and rank when Lt. (jg) Covert was transferred from the ship.
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