Allied Warships

USS Thomas (ii) (DE 102)

Destroyer Escort of the Cannon class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 102 
Built byDravo Corp. (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down16 Jan 1943 
Launched31 Jul 1943 
Commissioned21 Nov 1943 
End service13 Mar 1947 

Decommissioned 13 March 1947.
Stricken 22 December 1948.
Transferred to China 14 December 1948 being renamed Tai Ho.
Tai Ho escaped to Taiwan with Nationalist forces in 1949.
Tai Ho was stricken in 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Thomas (ii) (DE 102)

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1Lt.Cdr. David M. Kellogg, USNR21 Nov 194312 Jun 1945
2Frederick H. Jones, USNR12 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Thomas (ii) include:

1 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-441 was badly damaged north of the Azores, in position 49°10'N, 26°00'W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Thomas, USS Bostwick and USS Bronstein. This attack was earlier credited with the destruction of U-709.

5 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-233 was sunk south-east of Halifax, in position 42°16'N, 59°49'W by ramming, depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyer escorts USS Baker and USS Thomas.

30 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-879 was sunk east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36°34'N, 74°00'W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffman, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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