Allied Warships

USS Mahan (DD 364)

Destroyer of the Mahan class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassMahan 
PennantDD 364 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down12 Jun 1934 
Launched19 Oct 1935 
Commissioned18 Sep 1936 
Lost7 Dec 1944 
Loss position10° 50'N, 124° 30'E
History

USS Mahan (Cdr. Ernest Goodrich Campbell, USN) was sunk after being hit by 3 Japanese kamikaze planes south-west of Ormoc Bay, Philippines in position 10º50'N, 124º30'E. The ship was abandoned and the survivors were picked up by nearby vessels. An hour later USS Walke sank Mahan by gunfire and torpedoes. 6 of her crew were lost. Destroyed by Japanese aircraft in the Leyte Gulf, scuttled by Walke.

 

Commands listed for USS Mahan (DD 364)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Henry Leppert, USN16 Jul 19395 Apr 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Rodger Whitten Simpson, USN5 Apr 194123 Mar 1943
3T/Cdr. James Thomas Smith, USN23 Mar 194318 Dec 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Earnest Goodrich Campbell, USN18 Dec 19437 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Mahan include:


25 May 1943
Around 0730K/25, the destroyers USS Perkins (T/Cdr. G.L. Ketchum, USN, with COMDESRON 5, T/Capt. J.H. Cartes, USN on board), USS Mahan (T/Cdr. J.T. Smith, USN), USS Drayton (T/Cdr. V.A. King, USN), USS Flusser (T/Cdr. J.A. Robbins, USN), HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) departed Cid Harbour for exercises.

Around 0830K/25, the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, MVO, DSO, RAN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN) and light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.A. Showers, RAN) also sailed to join the exercises.

On completion of the exercises all ship returned to Cid Harbour arriving the around or shortly after midnight. (1)

8 Jun 1943
Around 1510K/8, the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, MVO, DSO, RAN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN) and light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.A. Showers, RAN) departed Challenger Bay for exercises.

They were followed around 1630K/8 by the destroyers USS Perkins (T/Cdr. G.L. Ketchum, USN, with COMDESRON 5, T/Capt. J.H. Cartes, USN on board), USS Mahan (T/Cdr. J.T. Smith, USN), USS Flusser (T/Cdr. J.A. Robbins, USN) and USS Smith (T/Cdr. R.A. Theobald, Jr., USN) which were to join the exercises.

Around 2030K/8, the destroyers USS Perkins and USS Smith were detached to proceed to Brisbane for A/S exercises, ammunitioning and to give leave to the crew.

Around 0615K/9, HMAS Australia, HMAS Hobart, USS Mahan and USS Flusser arrived at Cid Harbour. (2)

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

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Hobart for May 1943 + War Diary of USS Perkins for May 1943
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Hobart for June 1943 + Report of proceedings of Task Force 74 for June 1943 + War Diary of USS Perkins for June 1943

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