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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Henry Bacon

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, February 23, 1945
Air Attack en route to Scotland
The Liberty Ship SS Henry Bacon was torpedoed by German aircraft while en convoy from Murmansk, Russia to Gourock, Scotland. The ship had become seperated from the convoy in a heavy gale. ... Four hours after receiving a radio warning about a possible air attack, German aircraft struck. Although the crew was able to down five planes, a torpedo found it's mark on the starboard side. The ship went down in about an hour. ... Survivors were picked up by British destroyers several hours later.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 22

Namesort descending Service Branch
SM 3c Hubert Allard USN
Sea 1c Mason Burr USN
Master Alfred Carini USMM
O.S. Robert Cramer USMM
3rd Mate Carl Fubel USMM
A.B. Frederick Funken USMM
Sea 1c Charles Harlacher USN
Chief Engineer Donald Haviland USMM
Purser Robert Hunt USMM
Cook Cornelius Kearns USMM
Bosun Holcomb Lammon USMM
O.S. James Martin USMM
Chief Cook John Mastracci USMM
Sea 1c Donald Mayden USN
2nd Mate Lynn Palmer USMM
Sea 1c Elmer Potvin USN
3rd Engineer Joseph Provencal USMM
Sea 1c Earl Rubley USN
O.S. Donald Schiesher USMM
Messman George Shipka USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking