Action off Jersey 8th & 9th of August 1944
Squadron 34 & the USS Maloy
10 of August 1944
An aircraft in search of possible wreckage of the PT 509 sighted a body later identified as that of Walter P. Wypick, Gunner's Mate 3rd Class of the PT 509.
20th of August 1944
A shrapnel and gun-fire riddled portion of the PT 509 was found by Squadron 34 afloat in the Channel.
The album below shows photos from this as well as photos from the maritime museum in Jersey of part of the mast and one of engine ID plates.
1st of September 1944
14:00 USS Maloy Stops German Hospital ship Bordeaux traveling from St Helier to Ile de Cezembre.
17:00 USS Maloy ordered to take the Bordeaux in to custody until British guard arrive
19:10 Custody turned over to HMS Ulysses, Bordeaux crew ordered to sail to Cherbourg.
From this capture the first news from Jersey of the fate of the crew of PT509 was heard. The British questioned the Germans who said that a US boat rammed a VP or vorpostenboat (converted fishing boat) one mile east of Corbiere. The crew of the US boat boarded the fishing boat engaging the Germans with small arms. They then embarked back on their boat and continued the action. The US boat finally sank and one, possibly two survivors were laded at St Helier by the VP boat.
As expected a very different version of events was offered from the captured Germans.
Below a photo of the Bordeaux taken by one of Squadron 34 Crew whilst docked under guard in Cherbourg.
Sadly all but one crew member of the PT 509 were lost. John L. Page Radarman, 3rd class was captured by the Germans and given first aid treatment aboard their ship. At St. Helier Page was asked detailed questions by the Secret Field Police. Page refused to answer except to give name, rank, serial number. He was then taken to hospital where his wounds were treated. Approximately he reported that 75 Germans were hurt, with 4 killed. Page remained in hospital from the 9th of August to middle of January with leg, back, and chest wounds. Page stated that German surgeon was excellent but the hospital was very dirty.
The men of PT509 who gave their lives:
Lieutenant Harry M. Crist
Lieutenant Junior Grade James M Mathes
Lieutenant Junior Grade John K. Paylis
William S Ausley Gunner's Mate, 3rd Class
Alfred A Ricci Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Walter P. Wypick Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Richard E. Horsfield Motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class
Marvin W. Lossin Motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class
Kenneth R. Line Ship's Cook, 3rd Class
Edward C. Thale Quartermaster, 2nd Class
Charles A Kornak Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Darrel A Bricker Radarman, 3rd Class
Rudolf W. Schaffroth Torpedoman's Mate, 2nd Class
Tony S. Reynolds Radarman, 3rd Class
The men of PT503 who gave their lives:
Elmer F. Albright Motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class
Boyd W. Brumm Gunner's Mate 3rd Class