USS Philadelphia (CL 41)
Light cruiser of the Brooklyn class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Philadelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||28 May 1935|
|Launched||17 Nov 1936|
|Commissioned||23 Sep 1937|
|End service||3 Feb 1947|
Decommissioned 3 February 1947.
Commands listed for USS Philadelphia (CL 41)
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|1||Capt. Jules James, USN||23 Sep 1937||6 Nov 1939|
|2||Capt. Vance Duncan Chapline, USN||6 Nov 1939||5 Sep 1941|
|3||Capt. Charles Johnes Moore, USN||5 Sep 1941||15 Aug 1942|
|4||Capt. Paul Hendren, USN||15 Aug 1942||25 Oct 1942|
|5||Cdr. Gordon Josiah Crosby, USN||25 Oct 1942||1 Nov 1943|
|6||T/Capt. Walter Charles Ansel, USN||1 Nov 1943||6 Dec 1944|
|7||T/Capt. Robert Leon Boller, USN||6 Dec 1944||11 Oct 1945|
|8||T/Capt. Robert Wallace Berry, USN||11 Oct 1945||26 Dec 1945|
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Notable events involving Philadelphia include:
James, Jules, CAPT 09/23/1937 - 11/06/1939 Chapline, Vance Duncan, CAPT 11/06/1939 - 09/1941 Moore, Charles Johnes, CAPT 09/1941 - 07/1942 Hendren, Paul, CAPT 07/1942 - 09/1943 Crosby, Gordon Josiah, CDR 09/1943 - 09/1943 Ansel, Walter, CAPT 09/1943 - 1944 Boller, Robert Leon, CAPT 1944 - 09/1945 Berry, Robert Wallace, CAPT 09/1945 - 1946 Hall, G. M., CDR 1946 - 02/03/1947
14 Jul 1945
The light cruiser HMS Birmingham (Capt. H.W. Williams, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A.E.M.B. Cunninghame-Graham, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Serapis (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN), HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Zephyr (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth to make rendezvous with the US Heavy cruiser USS Augusta (T/Capt. J.H. Foskett, USN) and the light cruiser USS Philadelphia (T/Capt. R.L. Boller, USN). On board the USS Augusta was President Truman which was en-route to Antwerp, Belgium.
Rendezvous was made in the morning and the ships then proceeded in company westwards through the English Channel.
In the early evening the British ships parted company near the North Goodwin Buoy. Shortly aftewards the escort destroyers HMS Garth (Capt. W.G. Davis, DSC, RN), HMS Hambledon (Lt. C.G.deL. Bush, RN) and HMS Holderness (A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Cole, DSC, RN) joined the US ships to escort them to Antwerp where they arrived in the morning of the 15th. (1)
- ADM 53/121007 + ADM 199/1440 + Log of USS Augusta
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.