Allied Warships

USS Meredith (ii) (DD 726)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class


USS Meredith (ii) as completed.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDD 726 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down26 Jul 1943 
Launched21 Dec 1943 
Commissioned14 Mar 1944 
Lost9 Jun 1944 
Loss position49° 27'N, 1° 00'W
History

USS Meredith (Cdr. George Knuepfer, USN) was sunk by a near miss after being bombed by German aircraft on 9 June 1944. The ship was already badly damaged after hitting a mine off Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion the previous day. 35 of the ships crew were lost and 322 of her survivors were rescued by USS Bates and PC 1232/1262 and 26 were wounded.Amongst the survivors was the Commanding officer.
The wreck lies in 19 meter of water in position 49º27'13"N, 01º00'19"W.

For a detailed account of Meredith's loss see this website (offsite link)

 

Commands listed for USS Meredith (ii) (DD 726)

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1Cdr. George Knuepfer, USN14 Mar 19449 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Meredith (ii) include:


8 May 1944
USS Meredith (Cmdr George Knuepfer) departed from Boston bound for the United Kingdom.

8 May 1944
USS Meredith (Cmdr George Knuepfer) arrived at Plymouth, England.

Media links


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair


U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman


United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


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