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Gustav Nox

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Gustav Nox Veteran

Birth
Death
18 Jan 1942
At Sea
Burial
Buried or Lost at Sea. Specifically: About 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina. Add to Map
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Gustav served as a Able-Bodied Seaman, S.S. Allan Jackson, U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Jersey City, New Jersey prior to the war.

The duties of the Able-Bodied Seaman was to perform any deck duties aside from the actual navigation of the vessel. In general his duties included the ability to splice wire or fibre line, to work aloft and over the side of the ship, to operate the deck machinery such as the windlass or winches, to paint and mix paint, to know the principles of cargo stowage, to be a good wheelsman and competent lookout, to overhaul and install any running or standing rigging on the ship, and to be able to sew, repair and mend canvas.

The unescorted and unarmed S.S. Allan Jackson, while enroute from Cartagena, Colombia to New York City, was hit by "two" torpedos fired by German U-boat # U-66 about 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina.

The first torpedo hit the starboard side forward of the bridge in the forward tank and the second hit the starboard side aft of the deckhouse between #2 and #3 tanks and broke the ship in two about 25 feet forward of the midship house. This caused both parts of the burning tanker to sink within 10 minutes with a loss of "22" of her complement of "35".

Gustav was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Merchant Seaman's Mariners Medal with a combat star.

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The Allen Jackson has the distinction of being the first tanker to be sunk off the North Carolina Coast in an area that would become known in World War II as "Torpedo Alley". By the war's end, more than 70 boats were sunk by German U-boats in these waters.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )
Gustav served as a Able-Bodied Seaman, S.S. Allan Jackson, U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Jersey City, New Jersey prior to the war.

The duties of the Able-Bodied Seaman was to perform any deck duties aside from the actual navigation of the vessel. In general his duties included the ability to splice wire or fibre line, to work aloft and over the side of the ship, to operate the deck machinery such as the windlass or winches, to paint and mix paint, to know the principles of cargo stowage, to be a good wheelsman and competent lookout, to overhaul and install any running or standing rigging on the ship, and to be able to sew, repair and mend canvas.

The unescorted and unarmed S.S. Allan Jackson, while enroute from Cartagena, Colombia to New York City, was hit by "two" torpedos fired by German U-boat # U-66 about 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina.

The first torpedo hit the starboard side forward of the bridge in the forward tank and the second hit the starboard side aft of the deckhouse between #2 and #3 tanks and broke the ship in two about 25 feet forward of the midship house. This caused both parts of the burning tanker to sink within 10 minutes with a loss of "22" of her complement of "35".

Gustav was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Merchant Seaman's Mariners Medal with a combat star.

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The Allen Jackson has the distinction of being the first tanker to be sunk off the North Carolina Coast in an area that would become known in World War II as "Torpedo Alley". By the war's end, more than 70 boats were sunk by German U-boats in these waters.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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