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Stanley William Raynard

Birth
Death 23 Sep 1942
At Sea
Burial Buried or Lost at Sea, Specifically: Mr. Raynard was on the SS Esso Williamsburg when the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by German submarine U-211
Memorial ID 72426524 View Source

U.S. Merchant Marine
Service No: Z 67623
Significant Awards: MARINERS MEDAL
MERCHANT MARINE COMBAT BAR
ATLANTIC WAR ZONE BAR

Address of Record: New York, New York and Tusket, Nova Scotia Canada

STANLEY W. RAYNARD was a Steward on the American tanker Esso Williamsburg. On Sept. 22, 1942, he was on the unescorted ship as it made its way to Reykjavik with a cargo of fuel oil. About 500 miles south of Greenland, German submarine U-211 spotted the tanker and fired two torpedoes; both missed. Contact was lost until early next day. A torpedo was then fired which hit amidships, causing an explosion and setting the ship afire. Another torpedo was fired, hitting amidships on the starboard side. The tanker broke in two and U-211 left. On Oct 3rd German sub U-254 came across the drifting shell of the tanker, fired two torpedoes and sunk her. According to U-254 all but one life boat had been launched. A weak distress signal was received from one of the lifeboats but an extensive search failed to find any of the men or lifeboats.

There were 42 Merchant Mariners and 18 US Navy Armed Guards on board; none survived.

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  • Created by: Patricia O'Neal
  • Added: 1 Jul 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 72426524
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/72426524/stanley-william-raynard : accessed ), memorial page for Stanley William Raynard (unknown–23 Sep 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 72426524, ; Maintained by Patricia O'Neal (contributor 47113049) Buried or Lost at Sea, who reports a Mr. Raynard was on the SS Esso Williamsburg when the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by German submarine U-211.