Allied Warships

USS PC-1261 (PC-1261)

Patrol craft of the PC-461 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypePatrol craft
Built byLeatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co. (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered18 May 1942 
Laid down20 Nov 1942 
Launched28 Feb 1943 
CommissionedMay 1943 
Lost6 Jun 1944 
Loss position49° 30'N, 1° 10'W

Sunk by shore batteries off Normandy, France in position 49º30'N, 01º10'W on 6 June 1944.


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Notable events involving PC-1261 include:

My father, deceased, Halsey Vail Barrett was navigator on the PC 1261. The ship was off Utah Beach at about 530 am d-day morning and hit by a third German shell fired upon it from the shore battery. The first two shells struck the water on either side of the ship and the third shell his the engine room ,amidships, killing about half of the crew. The ship pc 1261 tipped over with the bow above water for about two hours before the remaining crew including Halsey Vail Barrett was rescued. He died,Aug.11,2008 age 94yrs. This is written by his son Halsey Vail Barrett jr. to set the record straight regarding the sinking of PC 1261. (1)


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