USS Maddox (ii) (DD 622)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||16 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||7 May 1942|
|Launched||15 Sep 1942|
|Commissioned||31 Oct 1942|
|Lost||10 Jul 1943|
|Loss position||36° 52'N, 13° 56'E|
The American destroyer USS Maddox (ii) (DD 622) lost on 10 Jul 1943 in position 36° 52'N, 13° 56'E.
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.
Commands listed for USS Maddox (ii) (DD 622)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Eugene Sylvester Sarsfield, USN||31 Oct 1942||10 Jul 1943 (+)|
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