Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Someone at an LST blog site emailed me this jpeg of Pat's ship. As I mentioned earlier, you can read 312 on the ship on the bottom right. Pretty cool huh?

"In the early morning hours of the 10th of June, 1944, a low flying German twin engine bomber was spotted. The 40-mm gun crew on the PC-619 commenced firing and the Heinkel HE-177 was shot down. The crew picked up the only survivor, a waist-turret gunner, who had parachuted to safety before the Heinkel hit the water. The prisoner, Hermann Goldenbaum, a Luftwaffe airman, was the only survivor of a crew of six. Eventually, Airman Goldenbaum was transfered to the LST-312, taken to Calshot, England and later to prison camps in Illinois and Idaho until the wars end." - Navsource Online

Saturday, 8th of June, 1944, "July Tank landing ships LST-312 and LST-384 are damaged by V-1 rocket-bomb while moored at Naval Advance Amphibious Base, Deptford, England."
-The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy during WWII

"Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, USN (right center, with hand on bulwark edge), Commander Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet with Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox (using binoculars) and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden (right) during an inspection of his command, 25 March 1943. They observing the unloading of tank landing ships (LSTs). Also present are (from left center to center): Captain L.S. Perry, USN (Aide to Secretary Knox); Commander W.D. Wright, USN; and an unidentified British Naval officer. Boat on davits behind them is an LCP(R). Markings on the boat indicates that they are on board USS LST-312. Official U.S. Navy" -Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
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