Allied Warships

USS Pecos (AO 6)

Oiler of the Kanawha class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeOiler
ClassKanawha 
PennantAO 6 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down2 Jun 1920 
Launched23 Apr 1921 
Commissioned25 Aug 1921 
Lost1 Mar 1942 
Loss position14° 27'S, 106° 11'E
History

USS Pecos (Lt.Cdr. Elmer Paul Abernethy) was bombed and sunk carrier aircraft from the Japanese aircraft carriers from Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, and Soryu (all offsite links), south of Christmas Island in position 14º27'S, 106º11'E.

 

Commands listed for USS Pecos (AO 6)

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1Cdr. Elmer Paul Abernethy, USN???1 Mar 1942

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Notable events involving Pecos include:


8 Feb 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Dutch destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN), HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) and HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN) arrive at Tjilatjap (Cilacap) on the south coast of Java.

At Tjilatjap HrMs Tromp was fuelled by the US naval oiler USS Pecos (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Abernethy, USN).

Around 1800 hours Tromp departed Tjilatjap together with HrMS De Ruyter. (1)

Sources

  1. Files 2.12.03.6849 and 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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