USS PC-1261 (PC-1261)
Patrol craft of the PC-461 class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co. (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||18 May 1942|
|Laid down||20 Nov 1942|
|Launched||28 Feb 1943|
|Lost||6 Jun 1944|
|Loss position||49.30N, 01.10W|
Sunk by shore batteries off Normandy, France in position 49º30'N, 01º10'W on 6 June 1944.
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Noteable events involving PC-1261 include:
My father, deceased, Halsey Vail Barrett was navigator on the PC 1261. The ship was off Utah Beach at about 530 am d-day morning and hit by a third German shell fired upon it from the shore battery. The first two shells struck the water on either side of the ship and the third shell his the engine room ,amidships, killing about half of the crew. The ship pc 1261 tipped over with the bow above water for about two hours before the remaining crew including Halsey Vail Barrett was rescued. He died,Aug.11,2008 age 94yrs. This is written by his son Halsey Vail Barrett jr. to set the record straight regarding the sinking of PC 1261.