Standing Down From D-day

19 July 2017

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

During this week in 1944, the PC 552 went into dry dock at Dartmouth for repairs after D-day. What did you do this week?

Dartmouth, England was a major navy base during World War II. The PC 552’s berth prior to D-day was mostly at Dartmouth. After D-day, its berth was at Cherbourg, France but Dartmouth was still the place to go for repairs. During the stay at Dartmouth this week, the ship’s gunnery officer went to the hospital for reasons not known and was replaced by another officer.

Dartmouth is home to the British naval academy and is steeped history. We can just imagine our fighting men taking in the sights while waiting for the repairs. The quote above is from Francis Drake which is packed with practical, passionate naval advice and who is important around Dartmouth.

Drake left a snare drum on his death bed and he bequeathed that it be taken back to England.  Whenever England was in danger, the drum was to be beaten and Drake would come to save the day again. The last time anyone has heard the drum beaten was at Dunkirk when British citizens from all walks of life sailed to evacuate the British Tommies from France. The Tommies came back with the PC 552.

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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.

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

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The Officers and Crew of the USS PC 552 Want to Know What You Think of Their Story

17 May 2017Crew_of_the_USS_PC-552

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

A number of books have been bought and I thank you on behalf of the officers and crew of the PC 552.  Tell us what you think about their story. So far, the most appreciated chapter has been the chapter of the personal experiences of D-day. Some readers said it gave chills up their spines.

Another dominant point was that many today don’t know about D-day and its significance. They would appreciate a chapter before the D-day chapter which explains the reasons for D-day, the battle plan, and where the PC 552 fit into all of this.

Perhaps in a year or two, I will write another expanded version incorporating the suggestions I receive but no promises. This has cost a lot of money and has been a lot of work. Of course, it will be partly a function of how well this book is appreciated.

In the meantime, the crew and I would like your reviews. You may give customer reviews at the following links:

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