Allied Warships

USS Childs (AVD 1)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVD 1 
ModSea plane tender 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down19 Mar 1919 
Launched15 Sep 1920 
Commissioned22 Oct 1920 
End service 

Reclassified as sea plane tender AVP-14 on 1 July 1938
Reclassified as AVD-1 on 2 August 1940
Decommissioned on 10 December 1945
Stricken on 3 January 1946
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 May 1946


Commands listed for USS Childs (AVD 1)

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1Harold Foster Fick, USN30 Sep 193716 May 1940 (1)
2Lt.Cdr. John Lockwood Pratt, USN16 May 194010 Apr 1942 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Frank O'Beirne, USN10 Apr 19429 Nov 1942
4T/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Aloysius Christopher, USN9 Nov 194210 Sep 1943
5Charles Daniel Ingebrand, USNR10 Sep 194317 Apr 1945
6Richard William Evans, USNR17 Apr 194521 Sep 1945
7Ted J. Welch, USNR21 Sep 194510 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Childs include:

1 Jun 1942
HMAS Stuart (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN) and HMAS Voyager (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Robison DSC, RAN) departed Geraldton for exercises but shortly after departure they were informed that a strange ship escorted by two destroyers had been spotted by aircraft. The destroyers worked up to full speed to intercept and investigate but later a signal was received that there was one destroyer and that she had been identified as USS Childs (Lt.Cdr. F. O'Beirne, USN) en-route from Exmouth Bay to Fremantle. The movements of this ship had been unknown to the local naval command.

The destroyers then return to Geraldton. HMAS Voyager had one engine out of action due to her starboard condenser outlet being blocked by thick seaweed. which was subsequently removed. (2)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Voyager for June 1942

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