USS Wainwright (DD 419)
Destroyer of the Sims class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Norfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||7 Jun 1938|
|Launched||1 Jun 1939|
|Commissioned||15 Apr 1940|
|End service||28 Aug 1946|
Damaged in the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in July 1946.
Commands listed for USS Wainwright (DD 419)
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|1||Thomas Lawrence Lewis, USN||15 Apr 1940||26 Mar 1942|
|2||Robert Henry Gibbs, USN||26 Mar 1942||4 Oct 1943 (1)|
|3||Walter William Strohbehn, USN||4 Oct 1943||15 Apr 1945 (1)|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Leigh William Sedgwick, USNR||15 Apr 1945||29 Aug 1946|
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Notable events involving Wainwright include:
4 Jul 1942
While escorting the PQ-17 convoy to USSR in Arctic Ocean, has a distinguished anti-aircraft action. Wainwright repelled 6 attacking German planes so efficiently in the first strike, that the following attack was driven exclusively against her! In the third attack on this day, half of planes attacked the convoy, while the other half attacked the Wainwright. The destroyer survived these 3 strikes, just having a few casualties and light damages. (2)
13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-593 was sunk on 13 December 1943 after a 32 hour-chase in the western Mediterranean north of Constantine, in position 37°38'N, 05°58'E, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Wainwright and the British escort destroyer HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. Henry Kirkwood, DSC, RN).
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