Allied Warships

USS Maddox (ii) (DD 622)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBristol 
PennantDD 622 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down7 May 1942 
Launched15 Sep 1942 
Commissioned31 Oct 1942 
Lost10 Jul 1943 
Loss position36° 52'N, 13° 56'E
History

During the invasion of Sicily, USS Maddox (Lt.Cdr. Eugene Sylvester Sarsfield, USN) was pounded by two 250 pound bombs by a lone JU-88 bomber. One struck the magazine and the other struck the rear No. 5 gun turret. The magazine demolished her stern and then the Maddox rolled over and sank in two minutes south of Licata, Sicily, Italy in position 36º52'N, 13º56'E. 211 of her crew were killed including the Commanding officer and 74 survivors were picked up by the USS Intent which was near-by.

In 1998, the pilot of the JU-88 who sank the Maddox was invited to attend their survivors reunion, in which the German ex-pilot was delighted to go to.

 

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1Lt.Cdr. Eugene Sylvester Sarsfield, USN31 Oct 194210 Jul 1943 (+)

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