USS Lansdale (DD 426)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||19 Dec 1938|
|Launched||20 Oct 1939|
|Commissioned||17 Sep 1940|
|Lost||20 Apr 1944|
|Loss position||37° 03'N, 3° 51'E|
USS Lansdale (Lt Cmdr Douglas Mckean Swift, USN) was sunk after being torpedoed by German aircraft about 15 miles northeast of Algiers, Algeria in position 37º03'N, 03º51'E, 49 of her crew were lost and 232 survivors which includes 76 wounded were rescued by the USS Menges/Newell; The Commanding officer was amongst the Survivors.
Commands listed for USS Lansdale (DD 426)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Connor, USN||17 Sep 1940||13 Feb 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Eugene Field McDaniel, USN||13 Feb 1942||5 Jul 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Donald Cord Varian, USN||5 Jul 1942||16 Sep 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Valery Havard, Jr., USN||16 Sep 1942||31 Dec 1943|
|5||Douglas McKean Swift, USN||31 Dec 1943||20 Apr 1944|
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Notable events involving Lansdale include:
5 Sep 1941
USS Lansdale picks up 3 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Longtaker that was torpedoed and sunk on 18 August 1941 south-west of Iceland in position 61°26'N, 30°50'W by German U-boat U-38.
21 Aug 1942
During 21/22 August 1942 HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, USS Hilary P. Jones, USS Charles F. Hughes and USS Plunkett. These also included night exercises. (1)
11 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN). (5)
27 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Pennywort (Lt. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) and HMS Clover (Lt. P.H. Grieves, RNR). (6)
27 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Assiniboine (Cdr. K.F. Adams, RCN), USS Madison (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Hager, USN) and USS Lansdale (Cdr. V. Havard, Jr., USN). (7)
- ADM 173/17216
- ADM 173/17252
- ADM 173/17813
- ADM 173/17827
- ADM 173/17783
- ADM 173/17772
- ADM 173/17926
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.