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by RSwank
Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:08 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Dena, The Oropos (note spelling) was a Greek ship that was sunk in December 1942. When it was sunk the crew was mostly British, so I suspect that was your Uncle's ship in 1941. Too bad we can't easily find where it was during the first half of 1942. http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship25...
by RSwank
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Dena, The Bennestvet was sunk near Cristobal on June 15, 1942. (see link in previous post). I find 9 names on the P-13 list that were apparently on the Bennestvet. They would have boarded the West Point at Cristobal, not in Australia.... so we cannot assume all the names on the P-13 came from Melbou...
by RSwank
Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Dena,

Check the names on this link compared to your P-13 list (attached).

http://www.warsailors.com/singleships/bennestvet.html
by RSwank
Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Dena when I look through the list of names of the group that started in Melbourne, the majority are English seamen, then fewer Norwegians with one seaman from Sweden and one from Yugoslavia. The numbers, I think refer to a code/law under which these men are allowed to travel on a US ship or enter th...
by RSwank
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Dena, Looking for US or Canadian or British merchant ships that are torpedoed in this area of the Pacific about this time, one ship I found was the Liberty ship "John Adams". It was torpedoed on 5 May 1942 by the Japanese submarine I-21. The ship has just been built in March and had taken a cargo of...
by RSwank
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Here is a link which describes activity around Australia and include the names of some ships sunk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_naval ... ian_waters

The link also as a map showing how the shipping lanes came close to Tonga.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SoPacStratSit.gif
by RSwank
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Dena, Interesting, it does sound like they boarded the ship in Melbourne. Is there a way you could post those pages online. Sometimes other eyes can pick out something. The links I gave to the ship losses can be "rolled back" to early months just by change the month in the link Here for example is M...
by RSwank
Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

As to your other question, Tonga is located at 21.15S, 175.22W.
by RSwank
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W
Replies: 19
Views: 7841

Re: Looking for a ship wrecked in 1942 map ref: 175.45 W

Dena, A thought about this. This link has the log of the ship. http://www.usswestpoint.com/newsletters/The%20shipslog.pdf The voyage from Australia went through the Panama Canal on about June 27, then the trip up to New York, arriving on July 2. I think another possibly is that they took stranded se...
by RSwank
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Questions about two Sergeants
Replies: 10
Views: 4389

Re: Questions about two Sergeants

Steve, there is "reasonable" chance that this is the correct Donald N Sanford. He was originally from MN, was born in 1919 and served in the South Pacific. He was in the service for 4 years and 8 months. I don't know how far you go in your research, but there are some children listed. http://www.san...
by RSwank
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:45 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Questions about two Sergeants
Replies: 10
Views: 4389

Re: Questions about two Sergeants

Steve. one last thing on Mc Cullough, he is listed as DNB on the archives.

http://media.nara.gov/media/images/28/32/28-3123a.gif
by RSwank
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Questions about two Sergeants
Replies: 10
Views: 4389

Re: Questions about two Sergeants

Here is the grave of McCullough in St Clair County.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... i=29103942
by RSwank
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Questions about two Sergeants
Replies: 10
Views: 4389

Re: Questions about two Sergeants

Also on the NARA AAD there is an enlistment record for Robert R McCullough from St Clair County, MI. His serial number was 06913150. http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=F&sc=24994,24995,24996,24998,24997,24993,24981,24983&bc=sl,fd&txt_24995=McCullough&op_24995=0&nf...
by RSwank
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Questions about two Sergeants
Replies: 10
Views: 4389

Re: Questions about two Sergeants

On the NARA AAD archives there is a Donald N Sanford with serial number 17018346. He was from MN.

http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-deta ... 24,6094588
by RSwank
Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Family of KIA
Replies: 1
Views: 1707

Re: Family of KIA

There is a statement in the MACR for this loss (given by Stewart A Anderson who was one of the survivors) regarding Barbee. He states that after six days on life rafts, they were strafed by a Japanese fighter. The men may have jumped in the water to escape the strafing, but Barbee was hit in the bac...