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PC-558

Sunk 9 May 1944

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down, 31 October 1941 by Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, CT; Launched, 13 September 1942; Commissioned USS PC-558, 19 November 1942. Assigned to the Atlantic and Mediterranean theater of operations. Patrolling off the coast of Italy on 9 May 1944, PC-558 sighted a German one-man submarine and sank it, then picked up the Oberleutnant that manned the submarine. She later repeated this action with the help of PC-626 and sank a second one-man submarine. She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-230 north of Salerno the same day. The PC-1235 attacked U-230 drove her away and returned to rescue thirty survivors. Struck from the Navy list 16 May 1944.

Specifications: Displacement 280 t.(lt) , 450 t.(fl); Length 173' 8"; Beam 23'; Draft 10' 10"; Speed 20.2 kts.; Complement 65; Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one single 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectiles, two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.


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