Allied Warships

USS Lansdale (DD 426)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 426 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down19 Dec 1938 
Launched20 Oct 1939 
Commissioned17 Sep 1940 
Lost20 Apr 1944 
Loss position37° 03'N, 3° 51'E

USS Lansdale (Lt Cmdr Douglas Mckean Swift, USN) was sunk after being torpedoed by German aircraft about 15 miles northeast of Algiers, Algeria in position 37º03'N, 03º51'E, 49 of her crew were lost and 232 survivors which includes 76 wounded were rescued by the USS Menges/Newell; The Commanding officer was amongst the Survivors.


Commands listed for USS Lansdale (DD 426)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Connor, USN17 Sep 194013 Feb 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Eugene Field McDaniel, USN13 Feb 19425 Jul 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Donald Cord Varian, USN5 Jul 194216 Sep 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Valery Havard, Jr., USN16 Sep 194231 Dec 1943
5Lt.Cdr. Douglas Mckean Swift, USN31 Dec 194320 Apr 1944

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Notable events involving Lansdale include:

5 Sep 1941
USS Lansdale picks up 3 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Longtaker that was torpedoed and sunk on 18 August 1941 south-west of Iceland in position 61°26'N, 30°50'W by German U-boat U-38.

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