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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, May 9, 1945
Air Attack near Kerama Retto
While on station off Okinawa, England was attacked by three Japanese dive bombers. ... Her antiaircraft fire set the first of these flaming, but the plane crashed England on her starboard side, just below the bridge. The kamikaze pilot had remembered his instructions to knock out the ship's nerve center and kill as many as possible of her officers. ... With the bomb of the plane exploding just after the crash, England's men began a dangerous race against time, to quench the fires and save their ship, while combat air patrol shot down the two other attackers. ... She was able to make Kerama Retto under tow, with 37 of her men killed or missing and 25 wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 11

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Albert Chernoff USN
F 2c David Autry USN
RM 3c Wayne Avery USN
EM 2c Jack Balderston USN
F 1c Ralph Ball USN
Sea 1c William Barber USN
RM 3c Harry Beggs USN
Sea 1c John Bell USN
SSM 3c Carl Bricker USN
Sea 1c Lee Cantrell USN
Ens Dix Moser USNR
Prepared by CAPT R.. Strange USN (Ret.)