USS Belknap (AVD 8)
Destroyer of the Clemson class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Mod||Sea plane tender|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||31 Jul 1918|
|Launched||14 Jan 1919|
|Commissioned||28 Apr 1919|
|End service||4 Aug 1945|
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVD-8 on 2 August 1940
Commands listed for USS Belknap (AVD 8)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Silas Bruce Moore, USN||2 Aug 1940||14 Sep 1941 (1)|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Sylvius Gazze, USN||14 Sep 1941||21 Sep 1942 (1)|
|3||Lcmdr Doyle Murray Coffee, USN||21 Sep 1942||16 Jun 1943|
|4||John Edward Page, USNR||16 Jun 1943||6 Aug 1943|
|5||Benjamin Thomas Brooks, Jr., USNR||6 Aug 1943||Jul 1944|
|6||Ralph Childs, Jr., USNR||Jul 1944||4 Aug 1945|
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Notable events involving Belknap include:
The Jonathan Sturges was torpedoed and sunk on 24 February 1943 by German U-boat U-707 in the North Atlantic in position 46°15'N, 38°11'W.
The Madoera was torpedoed and damaged on 24 February 1943 by German U-boat U-653 in the North Atlantic in position 46°02'N, 39°20'W. The Madoera managed to reach St. John's, Canada under her own power on 1 March 1943.
- ADM 173/17782
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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