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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Love - Baker

Sunk 6 June 1944

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 20 October 1942 by Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Launched 28 February 1943
  • Delivered in April 1943
  • Commissioned 22 May 1943
  • Sunk by German shore batteries 6 June 1944 off Īles Saint-Marcouf during the invasion of Normandy, France, making her the first U.S. Navy ship lost during the invasion
  • Struck from the Naval Register 29 July 1944.


  • 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 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines, Westinhouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-1261 81k Photo courtesy of the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Bowling Green State University
    George Murray

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-1261
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association

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