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Thomas H. Appleton
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Birth: 1925
Death: Aug. 30, 1944, At Sea

US Navy WORLD WAR II
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class, Thomas H. Appleton MIA/KIA
Hometown: Washington
Service # 3861584
Awards: Purple Heart
Captain: Master Edgar Winter

Ship: American Turbine tanker Jacksonville
Mission: Transport Convoy CU-36
Loss Date: August 30, 1944
Cargo: 141.000 barrels of 80 octane gasoline
Location: 55 30'N, 7 30'W - Grid AM 5397
Fate: Sunk by U-482 (Hartmut Graf von Matuschka, Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen)
Complement: 78 (76 dead and 2 survivors).

At 15.55 hours on 30 Aug, 1944, U-482 fired two torpedoes at a group of five ships from the convoy CU-36 about 50 miles north of Londonderry and hit the last ship of the single column, the Jacksonville after 3 minutes 32 seconds. This group had split from the port side of the convoy to proceed to Loch Ewe and was attacked just after completing the turn. The torpedo struck on the starboard side at the #7 tank, igniting the cargo. Flames covered the ship from stem to stern and leapt 300 feet in the air in a matter of seconds. The second torpedo struck the same tanker after 4 minutes 5 seconds and broke her in two. The complement of eight officers, 41 crewmen and 29 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) had no chance to launch any of the lifeboats or rafts. A few men jumped overboard with life preservers, but the most died in the sea of flames around the ship. One armed guard and a fireman survived and were picked up by the USS Poole (DE 151) after they spent 90 minutes in the water.
Both sections of the tanker remained afloat. The after section was sunk by the escort vessels with depth charges and gunfire. The forward section sank 15 hours later.

Gunner's Mate Appleton appears Tablets of the Missing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Cambridgeshire, England. His memorial Old Vancouver City Cemetery Vancouver Clark County Washington is a cenotaph his body was never recovered.

USN Crew
Robert H. Ackors
Thomas H. Appleton
Thomas H. Appleton
Arnold M. Chernoff
David L. Donahue
Roscius I. Downs Jr.
William P. Goggins Jr.
Jack O. Harne
Norris J. Hart
Virgil D. Holmes
George R. Houston
Edward H. Kasparek
John C. Kendall
Charles A. Kunkel
Charles A. Kunkel
Naff L. Laws
Horace L. Lindsey
Bernard F. Long
Bernard F. Long
Louis W. Montgomery
Egbert C. Norman
Dan Paflas Jr.
Graham S. Parten
Robert H. Reed
Jones P. Regions
Alfred E. Schmitt
Denzil E. Schrader
Joseph Scotchel
Frank Watt II
Frank W. Wavra
Ted F. White
Dale E. Wilfong
Edgar C. Womack
Edgar C. Womack
 
 
Burial:
Old Vancouver City Cemetery
Vancouver
Clark County
Washington, USA
 
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: Scott Willis
Record added: Jun 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91590385
Thomas H. Appleton
Added by: Scott Willis
 
Thomas H. Appleton
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