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Pan Massachusetts

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, February 19, 1942
U-Boat Attack off coast of Florida
The Tanker SS Pan Massachusetts was torpedoed by U-128 about 20 miles of the Cape Canaveral, Florida while en route from Texas to New York. The ship was struck by two torpedoes . The explosion caused a shower of flaming gasoline to cover the ship and water. The flames burned the lifeboats and many of the crew attempted escape by swimming under the flames covering the surface of the water. Many never came up. ... Survivors were rescued by SS Elizabeth Massey and USCG ship Forward.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 20

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Wiper Aubrey Withee USMM
Messman Claude Weaver USMM
O.S. Virgil Warren USMM
Messman Albert Viglione USMM
Utility Utique Pilicilda USMM
Chief Engineer Olivind Pedersen USMM
Cook Emil Olsen USMM
Messman Samuel Meyers USMM
Pumpman Arno Meyer USMM
2nd Engineer James Mckern USMM
A.B. Alfred Mattson USMM
3rd Engineer William Jones USMM
Machinist Floyd Irons USMM
Steward Louis Ingram USMM
Cook Harold Gilloegly USMM
A.B. Carlos Frady USMM
Oiler Patrick Flynn USMM
F/W Jack Curry USMM
O.S. Edward Burns USMM
A.B. Craven Alpine USMM
A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking