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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, September 19, 1942
Torpedo Attack by Submarine U516
After leaving Takoradi on September 1st, the Wichita was never heard from again. The commander of the attacking submarine later reported that the ship went down in less than a minute after being hit.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 50

Namesort descending Service Branch
Cook William Novack USMM
3rd Mate Edward Pawlowski USMM
Sea 2c Roy Prater USN
A.B. Peter Roti USMM
Wiper Milton Ryan USMM
Messman Walter Salvan USMM
A.B. Rudolf Schmidt USMM
Radio Officer Walter Skiba USMM
Electrician Harry Sofer USMM
2nd Engineer Gordon Townsend USMM


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking