Allied Warships

USS Osprey (AM 56)

Minesweeper of the Raven class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAM 56 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Sep 1938 
Laid down28 Jun 1939 
Launched24 Aug 1940 
Commissioned16 Nov 1940 
Lost5 Jun 1944 
Loss position50° 12'N, 1° 20'W

Sunk after striking a mine in the English Channel in position 50º12'N, 01º20'W while enroute to Normandy invasion beaches 6 of the crew were lost and the survivors are rescued by USS Chickadee which include Lieutenant Charles Henry Swimm, USNR.
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 August 1944.


Commands listed for USS Osprey (AM 56)

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1Lt.Cdr. Cecil Llewellyn Blackwell, USN16 Nov 194015 Jan 1943 (1)
2Charles Henry Swimm, USNR15 Jan 19435 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Osprey include:

23 Mar 1942
USS Osprey picks up a survivors from the American tanker Naeco with gunfire. The Neaco was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 about 65 nautical miles south-east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina in position 33°59'N, 76°40'W.

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