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Plunkett

Ship Designation: 
DD-431
Date Lost: 
Monday, January 24, 1944
Air Attacks near Cape Anzio
Commencing January 21, 1944, Plunkett escorted the follow up assault group to Cape Anzio. After delivering the craft, she remained in the area to screen the transports. On the 24th she fell victim to a coordinated air attacks which, involved 2 glider bombs coming in on the port beam, and 2 Ju.88's closing in from ahead. Ship’s speed was increased; maneuvering was radical. The glider bombs finally dropped, at 200 yards distance, but more planes had joined the foray to commence a sustained 17 minute battle. Plunkett took a 250kg. bomb hit and caught fire. ... The bomb killed 23, left 28 missing, with many more, wounded, and caused extensive damage to her fire control apparatus, armament, and port engine. ... Damage Control efforts on Plunkett were successful in putting out the fires and restoring power to the ship. Plunkett proceeded, on one engine, to Palermo where temporary repairs enabled her to reach Casablanca and, finally, New York, where repairs were completed

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 52

Name Service Branchsort descending
TM 1c Claude Bourque USN
MM 2c Clark Fisher USN
M 1c Jay Johannes USN
EM 2c Richard Burren USN
WT 3c John Gallagher USN
Sea 2c Gilson Jones USN
RM 3c William Carey USN
Sea 1c Iley Gee USN
MM 1c Sherwood Snyder USN
Sea 2c Virgelio Carrolo USN
SOM 2c Alfred Gelinas USN
F 1c Royce Sipes USN
Sea 2c Joseph Cave USN
RM 3c Carlisle Gentile USN
MOMM 1c James Richmond USN
SOM 3c Raymond Charlesworth USN
MM 3c John Giardi USN
SM 3c Louis Patten USN
Sea 2c Harold Chipps USN
Sea 1c William Gilman USN

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Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN ( Ret.)