USS Surprise (PG-63)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||John Crown & Sons Ltd. (Sunderland, U.K) : N.E. Marine|
|Ordered||31 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||23 Oct 1939|
|Launched||5 Jun 1940|
|Commissioned||24 Mar 1942|
|End service||20 Aug 1945|
Ordered for French Navy but taken over with the fall of France.
|Former name||HMS Helitrope|
Commands listed for USS Surprise (PG-63)
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|1||Lt. Richard Coulter Drum Hunt, Jr., USN||24 Mar 1942||??? (1)|
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Notable events involving Surprise include:
16 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RNR), USCGC Campbell (Cdr. D.C. McNeil, USCG), USS Courage (Lt. C.S. Barker, Jr., USN) and USS Surprise (Lt. R.C.D. Hunt, Jr., USN). (2)
30 Jun 1942
USS Surprise picks up 50 survivors from the American merchant Sea Thrush that was torpedoed and sunk on 28 June 1942 by German U-boat U-505 about 425 nautical miles north-east of San Juan, Puerto Rico in position 22°38'N, 60°59'W.
7 Nov 1942
USS Surprise picks up 6 survivors from the British merchant Lindenhall that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-508 about 40 nautical miles north of Margarita Island, Venezuela in position 11°34'N, 63°26'W.
7 Jul 1943
USS Surprise takes of 18 men from the American merchant Thomas Sinnickson that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-185 about 125 nautical miles east of Fortaleza, Brazil in position 03°51'S, 36°22'W. After a crack appeared in the bulkhead between the engine room and #3 hold, the officers came to the conclusion that the ship is lost and at daylight on 8 July all hands abandoned ship and were picked up by the corvette, which scuttled the wreck by gunfire at 1430 hours.
- File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)