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Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender
310' 9.5" x 41' 12' 5"
1 x 5" DP gun
1 x quad 40mm
2 x dual 40mm
4 x 20mm
USN December 15, 1943
USN December 27, 1943
USN November 10, 1944
Attack by Japanese Bombers
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.
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.
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