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U.S. NAVY 4th FLEET IN RECIFE - 162 SHIPS

120)PC 495 PATROL CRAFT



Photo. www.navsource.org PC 495 launched at Dravo Corp. December 1941. By Bob Daly 1181 


Specifications:


Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)


Length 173' 8"


Beam 23'


Draft 10' 10" 


Speed 20.2 kts.


Complement 65.


Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectiles, and two depth charge tracks. 


Propulsion two 2,880bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler R-99DA diesel engines (Serial No. 6664 and 6665), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.


US B. P. Newton (on charter to British Tanker Co. Ltd.) was torpedoed by U-510 (Eick) on July 8-1943 while in Convoy TJ 1 from Trinidad for Bahia with a cargo of 14 700 tons aviation fuel as well as 500 barrels of lube oil (for East London and Beira), having departed Trinidad on July 3.


Commodore ship was D/S Edvard Grigs. B. P. Newton had station No. 42 in the convoy which consisted of 20 ships, escorted by the American destroyer USS Somers (DD 381), 4 American including PC 495 and a Brazilian escort vessel.


On 8/Jul/43, USS PC-495 picks up 66 survivors from the American merchant Eldena that was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-510 about 150 nautical miles north-east of Cayenne, French Guyana in position 05º50'N, 50º20'W.



Photo www.navsource.org By Robert Hurst. PC 495 seen in Thailand Navy as Sarasin circa 1950.


 

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