USS Meredith (ii) (DD 726)
Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Allen M. Sumner|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||7 Aug 1942|
|Laid down||26 Jul 1943|
|Launched||21 Dec 1943|
|Commissioned||14 Mar 1944|
|Lost||9 Jun 1944|
|Loss position||49° 27'N, 1° 00'W|
USS Meredith (Cdr. George Knuepfer, USN) was sunk by a near miss after being bombed by German aircraft on 9 June 1944. The ship was already badly damaged after hitting a mine off Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion the previous day. 35 of the ships crew were lost and 322 of her survivors were rescued by USS Bates and PC 1232/1262 and 26 were wounded.Amongst the survivors was the Commanding officer.
For a detailed account of Meredith's loss see this website (offsite link)
Commands listed for USS Meredith (ii) (DD 726)
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|1||Cdr. George Knuepfer, USN||14 Mar 1944||9 Jun 1944|
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Notable events involving Meredith (ii) include:
8 May 1944
USS Meredith (Cmdr George Knuepfer) departed from Boston bound for the United Kingdom.
8 May 1944
USS Meredith (Cmdr George Knuepfer) arrived at Plymouth, England.