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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
Lt(jg) John Sippola USN
2nd Engineer Edgar Snyder USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking