Allied Warships

USS Lansdowne (DD 486)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 486 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down31 Jul 1941 
Launched20 Feb 1942 
Commissioned29 Apr 1942 
End service2 May 1946 

Decommissioned 2 May 1946.
Stricken 15 August 1949.
Transferred to Turkey on 10 June 1949 being renamed Gaziantep.
Gaziantep was stricken and scraped in 1973.


Commands listed for USS Lansdowne (DD 486)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Renwick Smedberg, 3rd, USN29 Apr 1942Feb 1943
2T/Cdr. Francis Joseph Foley, USNFeb 194324 May 1944
3T/Cdr. William Squire Maddox, USN24 May 194411 Dec 1944
4Dave Johnston, Jr., USN11 Dec 194411 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Lansdowne include:

13 Jul 1942
The depth charge attack made by USS Lansdowne near Colon, Panama, in position 09°46'N, 81°29'W and earlier credited with sinking the German U-boat U-153, was in fact carried out against a non-sub target.

7 Nov 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge, USN) and USS Lansdowne (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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