Allied Warships

USS Turner (ii) (DD 648)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 648 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Feb 1941 
Laid down15 Nov 1942 
Launched28 Feb 1943 
Commissioned16 Apr 1943 
Lost3 Jan 1944 

After returning from her third convoy duty, the Turner was anchored off Sandy Hook, New Jersey waiting to go to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for repairs. the next morning, a series of unknown explosions rocked her ammunition storage areas, turning the ship into an inferno. Another explosion ripped the bottom out of the Turner and she sank by the stern taking with her 165 of the crew however 167 survived and were rescued by the USS Inch/Swasey and USCG boats. The commanding officer was amongst those lost and many of the survivors were wounded after being taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook, many of them were saved by blood plasma being flown in from New York by helicoper !


Commands listed for USS Turner (ii) (DD 648)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Henry Sollett Wygant, Jr., USN15 Apr 19433 Jan 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Turner (ii) include:

24 May 1943
USS Turner picks up 2 survivors from the Canadian sailing vessel Angelus that was shelled and sunk on 19 May 1943 north of Bermuda in position 38°40'N, 64°00'W by German U-boat U-161

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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