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JOSEPH BAILEY

SERVICE NO. P/JX 388533

Royal Navy: Able Seaman

Royal Navy

HMS Quorn

DIED: 03 August 1944

AGE: 19

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

He was a crew member on board the escort destroyer HMS Quorn. She was part of the beach head defence force and on the night of 3 August 1944 she sailed to her patrol area together with an American radar ship.

They were due to launch a bombardment of the German torpedo boat (E-boat) pens at Le Havre at dawn but just before midnight she was hit amidships in the boiler room by a torpedo from a German Neger human torpedo midget submarine.

HMS Quorn sank within a few minutes. Some crew went down with the ship whilst others who had been able to abandon ship drowned. He has no known place of burial so he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial to the Missing, Hampshire.

MEMORIAL LOCATION: Column 240

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