Advertisement

 Thomas Edelen Bush

Advertisement

Thomas Edelen Bush

Birth
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, USA
Death
21 Feb 1942 (aged 50)
At Sea
Burial
Buried or Lost at Sea. Specifically: Carrbbean Sea
Memorial ID
57262689 View Source

Age 50

Thomas served as a Ship Master with the Merchant Marines on the S.S. J.N. Pew.

Thomas was declared "Missing In Action" when his ship was torpedoed in the Carrbbean Sea.

He was posthumously awarded the Mariner's Medal and the Combat Bar with a Star!

Husband of Anna V. Bush and they lived at 1118 King Street, Wilmington, Delaware.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )Thomas Edelen Bush, age 50: master
Son of Klaas Edelen Bosch; husband of Anna V. Bush

At 01.59 hours on 22 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed the Sun Oil Company tanker, J.N. Pew (Master Thomas Edelen Bush) was hit by one of two torpedoes fired by U-502 about 225 miles west of Aruba, while steaming completely blacked out on a zigzagging course at 11 knots. The torpedo struck on the port side between the main mast and the midships pump room. The explosion sprayed oil over the entire length and set the midships house afire. The burning tanker was sunk by four coups de grâce fired at 02.35, 02.42, 02.54 and 03.04 hours.
The eight officers and 28 crewmen tried to abandon ship in the rough seas, but two of the four lifeboats and two floats were destroyed by the fire. One lifeboat cleared the ship with only two men in it and reached shore about 35 miles east of Riohacha, Colombia on 25 February. Friendly Indians helped them reach Riohacha, from where they were taken to Barranquilla, Colombia. A second boat swamped when it hit the water and ten survivors managed to right the boat the next morning, but had to set sail without water, food and survival equipment. On 14 March, only one man was alive when the boat was found by a patrol aircraft off Cristobal, which directed the Panamanian motor merchant Annetta I to it. He was taken to the Coco Naval Base, where he was hospitalized for several weeks before he was able to be sent home. None of the officers survived the sinking.

https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/1366.html

Age 50

Thomas served as a Ship Master with the Merchant Marines on the S.S. J.N. Pew.

Thomas was declared "Missing In Action" when his ship was torpedoed in the Carrbbean Sea.

He was posthumously awarded the Mariner's Medal and the Combat Bar with a Star!

Husband of Anna V. Bush and they lived at 1118 King Street, Wilmington, Delaware.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )Thomas Edelen Bush, age 50: master
Son of Klaas Edelen Bosch; husband of Anna V. Bush

At 01.59 hours on 22 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed the Sun Oil Company tanker, J.N. Pew (Master Thomas Edelen Bush) was hit by one of two torpedoes fired by U-502 about 225 miles west of Aruba, while steaming completely blacked out on a zigzagging course at 11 knots. The torpedo struck on the port side between the main mast and the midships pump room. The explosion sprayed oil over the entire length and set the midships house afire. The burning tanker was sunk by four coups de grâce fired at 02.35, 02.42, 02.54 and 03.04 hours.
The eight officers and 28 crewmen tried to abandon ship in the rough seas, but two of the four lifeboats and two floats were destroyed by the fire. One lifeboat cleared the ship with only two men in it and reached shore about 35 miles east of Riohacha, Colombia on 25 February. Friendly Indians helped them reach Riohacha, from where they were taken to Barranquilla, Colombia. A second boat swamped when it hit the water and ten survivors managed to right the boat the next morning, but had to set sail without water, food and survival equipment. On 14 March, only one man was alive when the boat was found by a patrol aircraft off Cristobal, which directed the Panamanian motor merchant Annetta I to it. He was taken to the Coco Naval Base, where he was hospitalized for several weeks before he was able to be sent home. None of the officers survived the sinking.

https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/1366.html


Family Members

Children

Flowers

In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees

Sponsored by Ancestry

Advertisement