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

68)DD 228 JOHN D. FORD



Photo. www.navsource.org By Fred Weiss


CLASS - CLEMSON


Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems, designed radius was 4900 nautical miles, at 15 knots.


Displacement 1,215 Tons


Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)


Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..


Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws.


Speed, 35 Knots.


Crew 114.


For 6 months DD 228 JOHN D FORD ranged the North and South Atlantic from New York and Charleston, S.C., to Casablanca, French Morocco, and Recife, Brazil, protecting supply convoys from German U-boats. After ASW training late in December, she joined Guadalcanal ( CVE-60) out of Norfolk 5 January 1944 for hunter-killer activities operations in the Atlantic. The versatile destroyer supported the destruction of German submarine U-554, surprised and depth charged while refueling west of the Azores 16 January.


After returning to the East Coast 16 February, John D. Ford cleared Norfolk 14 March for a convoy run to the Mediterranean. While at Gibraltar 29 March, she was damaged in a collision with a British tanker. Following repairs, she returned to Norfolk, arriving 1 May. Departing Norfolk 24 May for convoy duty to the Canal Zone, John D. Ford continued convoy patrols for almost a year from eastern seaboard ports to Recife, Reykjavik, and Casablanca.


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