Allied Warships

USS Warrington (i) (DD 383)

Destroyer of the Somers class

USS Warrington shortly before her loss

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 383 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down10 Oct 1935 
Launched15 May 1937 
Commissioned9 Feb 1938 
Lost13 Sep 1944 
Loss position27° 00'N, 73° 00'W

USS Warrington (Cdr. Samuel Frank Quarles, USN) was caught in a violent storm in the Atlantic going to Trinidad. 130 knot winds brought the ship to a standstill while waves pounded her hull to pieces. Sea water flooded the engine room, cutting off all power and damaging the steering mechanism. She took a list to starboard and rolled over, sinking stern first about 175 nautical miles east-south-east of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas Islands in position 27º00'N, 73º00'W.

Only 73 survivors were found, including the Commanding officer. 248 men were lost.


Commands listed for USS Warrington (i) (DD 383)

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1Cdr. Leighton Wood, USN9 Feb 19382 Feb 1940
2Cdr. Frank George Fahrion, USN2 Feb 194022 Apr 1941 (1)
3Harold Raymond Fitz, USN22 Apr 19416 Dec 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Harold Raymond Demarest, USN6 Dec 194130 Aug 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. Robert Alden Dawes, Jr., USN30 Aug 194315 Aug 1944 (1)
6T/Cdr. Samuel Frank Quarles, USN15 Aug 194413 Sep 1944

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Notable events involving Warrington (i) include:

6 Aug 1943
Around 1200K/6, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN) departed Brisbane to proceed to position 27°00'S, 156°20'E and make rendezvous with the troopship Lurline (American, 18009 GRT, built 1932) and her escort, the destroyer USS Warrington (T/Capt. H.R. Demarest, USN).

Rendezvous was effected around 1440K/7 and HMAS Vendetta joined the two American ships.

They all arrived at Brisbane around 1200K/8. (2)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for August 1943

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