Allied Warships

USS YMS-349 (YMS-349)

Minesweeper of the YMS class

NavyThe US Navy
Built byGibbs Gas Engine Co. (Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.) 
Ordered13 Apr 1942 
Laid down17 Sep 1942 
Launched5 Mar 1943 
Commissioned16 Sep 1943 
End service 

Stricken on 7 February 1947
Sold on 9 March 1948


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Notable events involving YMS-349 include:

5 Jun 1944
Around 1015B/5, the light cruiser HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN) arrived at Plymouth to fuel before departing for the operations area.

Around 1445B/5, the heavy cruiser USS Augusta (Capt. E.H. Jones, USN, flying the flag of COMTASKFOR 122, T/R.Adm. A.G. Kirk, USN) and HMS Bellona departed Plymouth for the operations area off Normandy. These ships were 'reserve ships' for fire support duty.

Around 1845B/5, they were joined by the patrol vessel USS SC-1321 (Lt.(jg) R.F. Tyler, USNR), motor minesweepers USS YMS-231 (Lt. E.G. Weed, USNR), USS YMS-247 (Lt. W.L. Wallace, USNR), USS YMS-304 (Lt.(jg) K.O. Wise, USNR), USS YMS-349 (Lt. R.L. Neal, USNR) and the motor torpedo boat USS PT-71 (?). These ships had departed Weymouth around 1720B/5.

Course was set for the 'Omaha-sector' where they arrived aroud 0600B/6.

6 Jun 1944
Took part in the Normandy landings.

26 Jan 1945

LST return convoy No.3

This convoy departed Cawsand Bay (Plymouth) around 0930A on 26 January 1945.

It was made up of ten LST's, seven YMS's and a tanker.

The ten LST's were the following; USS LST-1 (Lt. l. Emley, USNR), USS LST-16 (Lt.(jg) W.J. Kenneally, USCGR), USS LST-72 (Lt. C.B. Huber, USNR), USS LST-73 (Lt. H.M. Crossan, USN), USS LST-309 (Lt. Wm.H.A. Hauser, USNR), USS LST-377 (Lt. J.P. Cunningham, USNR), USS LST-378 (Lt. E.C. Anderson, USNR), USS LST-379 (Lt. J.B. Chase, USNR), USS LST-522 (Lt. S.W.W. Ravel, USNR) and USS LST 980 (Lt. W.F. Westfall, USN).

The seven YMS's were the following, USS YMS-346 (Lt. J.W. Wilke, USNR), USS YMS-348 (Lt. H.C. Lavine, USNR), USS YMS-349 (Lt. R.L. Neal, USNR), USS YMS 351 (Lt. J.J. McDonald, USNR), USS YMS-352 (Lt. N.C. Tomson, USNR), USS YMS-356 (Lt. J.C. Buckley, USNR) and USS YMS-375 (Lt. E.C. Darnell, USNR).

The tanker was the Chr. Th. Boe (Norwegian, 6192 GRT, built 1930).

On departure from Cawsand Bay the convoy was escorted by the escort destroyers USS Gillette (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Daniel, Jr. USNR, with COMCORTDIV 56, T/Cdr. W.L. Harmon, USN on board) and USS Henry R. Kenyon (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Stearns, USNR).

Around 1200A/26, ' Force 26 ' joined, which was made up of the destroyers ORP Blyscawica (Cdr. L. Lichodziejewski), HrMs Van Galen (Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) and the escort destroyers HMS Melbreak (A/Lt.Cdr. G.J. Kirkby, DSC, RN) and HMS Tanatside (Cdr. B.J. de St. Croix, DSC, RN). ' Force 26 ' had departed Plymouth around 1030A/26.

Around 1000A/27, ORP Blyscawica, HrMs Van Galen, HMS Melbreak and HMS Tanatside parted company to join westbound convoy CU 55.

On 4 February, USS Gillette fuelled from the Chr. Th. Boe.

On 6 February and 7 February, USS Henry R. Kenyon fuelled from the Chr. Th. Boe. The attempt on 6 February had to be broken off.

On 9 February, all seven YMS's fuelled from the Chr. Th. Boe. Around 1600?/9, [time zone not known but probably P or O] the tanker parted company to proceed to Curacao.

Around 0430Q/17, the Norfolk section of the convoy (all LST's, YMS-349 and USS-YMS 375) parted company and entered the Norfolk swept channel.

The remainder of the convoy, the New York Section, arrived at New York on the 18th.

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