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Call sign:
Nan - William - Mike - Dog

PC-626 served the Navies of the United States and France.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 5 June 1942 by the Jeffersonville Boat and Machinery Co., Jeffersonville, IN
  • Launched 18 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-626, 26 October 1942.
  • Assigned to the European theater and took part in the following operations:
    Sicilian occupation, 9 - 15 July 1943
    Anzio-Nettuno Advanced landings, 22 - 30 January, 1 - 5 February, and 10 - 29 February 1944, and
    the Invasion of Southern France, 15 August - 25 September 1944.
  • PC-626 assisted the PC-558 in sinking a German one-man submarine 9 May 1944 off the coast of Salerno, Sicily.
  • Decommissioned 11 November 1944 and transferred to the Free French at Toulon, France as Lansquenet (W 121)
  • Reclassified as P-605
  • Struck from the Navy Register 22 September 1958
  • Scrapped in 1959.


  • 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 and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 7779 & 7780), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PC-626 168k 18 August 1942.
    Launch day for PC-626 at the Jeffersonville Boat and Machinery Co.
    Carolyn Cardwell
    PC-626 161k
    PC-626 129k
    PC-626 135k
    PC-626 178k
    PC-626 197k
    PC-626 199k
    PC-626 217k
    PC-626 194k
    PC-626 159k
    PC-626 185k
    PC-626 149k
    PC-626 202k
    PC-626 187k
    PC-626 178k
    PC-626 164k
    Lansquenet (W 121)
    PC-626 127k Model of the Lansquenet.
    Photograph published by the Association of the Friends of the Museum of the Navy (France)
    French PC Website
    PC-626 897k Photo taken from "French Warships of World War II," by Jean Labayle Couhat Robert Hurst
    Lansquenet (P 605)
    PC-626 26k Photo by Marine Nationale Robert Hurst
    PC-626 76k Photo by Wright and Logan, Southsea, England from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships

    There is no DANFS history available for PC-626
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