SS Henry Bacon Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Henry Bacon was a Liberty Ship that was built in the United States during World War II. It was the last U.S. Navy ship to be sunk by the Luftwaffe in World War II. The SS Henry Bacon was one of the 38 merchant ships in convoy RA-64 that departed Kola Inlet, Murmansk and headed for Loch Ewe, Gourock, Scotland in February 1945. Due to very unfavorable weather, the ship suffered damage and it was forced to separate from the convoy. During this time, the SS Henry Bacon was attacked by 23 German torpedo bombers that were on their way to attack the convoy. The ship was sunk in the process but managed to shoot down five of them and damage four others, forcing most of them to abandon their mission due to low fuel, low ammunition and battle damage. Twenty-two crewmembers and seven US Navy Armed Guards lost their lives in this action. The survivors were rescued from the freezing waters by three British destroyers and taken to the U.S. on the USS Wakefield, arriving in March 1945.

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