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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

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