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Penelope Barker

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, January 25, 1944
U-Boat Attack in the Barents Sea
The Liberty Ship SS Penelope Barker was torpedoed by U-278 while en route with convoy to Murmansk, Russia. The ship sank in ten minutes. The Armed Guard Officer and a British Doctor were lost while below attempting to assist trapped seamen. ... Survivors were picked-up by HMS Savage (G-20).

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 15

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Philip Boyarski USN
Sea 1c Victor Boyle USN
Oiler Stanley Butkavecz USMM
F/W Luis Gonzalez USMM
Deck Engineer John Lorenzo USMM
F/W Leroy O'bryant USMM
Messman Charles Prats USMM
Sea 1c Leo Reid USN
Chief Cook Arsenio Romero USMM
Jr. Engineer Lester Sherman USMM
Oiler Henry Teixeira USMM
A.B. James Thom USMM
Sea 1c Alton Vick USN
A.B. Robert Villano USMM
Ens Paul Wood USN
A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking