USS PC-815, a similar PC-416 class submarine chaser
|Laid down:||20 November 1942|
|Launched:||28 February 1943|
|Fate:||sunk by shellfire off the coast of Normandy, 6 June 1944|
|Struck:||29 July 1944|
|Class and type:||PC-461-class submarine chaser|
|Length:||173 ft 8 in (52.93 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)|
|Installed power:||5,760 shp (4,300 kW)|
|Speed:||20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)|
|Armament:||1 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal dual purpose gun, 1 × 40 mm gun, 3 × 20 mm cannons, 2 × rocket launchers, 4 × depth charge throwers, 2 × depth charge tracks|
USS PC-1261 was a PC-461-class submarine chaser built for the United States Navy during World War II. She is notable for being the first ship sunk during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, when she was hit by shellfire from German shore batteries.
PC-1261 was laid down on 20 November 1942 by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched on 28 February 1943. She was commissioned in May 1943 and was sent to Europe and participated in the Normandy Landings.
On 6 June 1944, PC-1261 led the first wave of landing craft. While en route to the beach, she was struck by an artillery shell and foundered. She was the first ship sunk on D-Day.
- USS PC-1261 (PC-1261)
- NavSource Online: Submarine Chaser Photo Archive PC-1261
- Chester County Hall of Heroes: John L. Maguire
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