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  USS Chincoteague AVP-24
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender

1,766 Tons
310' 9.5" x 41' 12' 5"
1 x 5" DP gun
1 x quad 40mm
2 x dual 40mm
4 x 20mm

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USN December 15, 1943

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USN December 27, 1943

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USN November 10, 1944

Sinking History
Built by Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA. Laid down July 23, 1941 and launched April 15, 1942. Commissioned on April 12, 1943 with commander I. E. Hobbs as captain.

Wartime History
Sent to the South Pacific.

Attack by Japanese Bombers
On July 16, 1943, this ship was attacked by Japanese bombers near Vanikoro Island, in the Santa Cruz Islands. Dead in the water and adrift, she endured intermittent attacks.

The next day, destroyer USS Thornton arrived, and took the ship under tow. F4U Corsairs of VMF-214 from Turtle Bay Airfield arrived to excort the ship, patrolling at 9,000' at 17:30 until sunset, when only four remained: Pace, Jack Petit, Dick Sigel, and Mac McCall. Aircraft were seen approaching from the north, and at first were thought to be PV-1 Venturas.

In fact, they were G3M Nell bombers and the F4U Corsairs attacked, causing the bombers to dropped their bombs prematurely and the gunners fired from long range at the F4Us. Pace fired at one with a full deflection shot, and set it on fire and cause it to explode. Petit damaged another, that escaped into a cloud.

During World War II, USS Chincoteague earned six battle stars.

Decommissioned on December 21, 1946 at Beaumont, Texas. Placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group. Transferred to US Coast Guard on March 7, 1942 and recommissioned as USCGC Chincoteague (WAVP-375). Next, redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-375), 1 May 1966. Permanently transferred to the US Coast Guard, 26 September 1966. Decommissioned in June 1972.

Transferred to South Vietnam on June 21, 1972 and renamed RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5). Sold to the Philippines on April 5, 1976 and renamed RPS Andres Bonifacto (PF-7). Decomissioned June 1985. Final fate unknown.

Rescue of Chincoteague
Black Sheep One page 128-130

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August 4, 2020


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