Action Report: Army Coastal Tanker Y-14
May 6, 2013
Hello Mr. Gregory,
I am a retired Navy commander and author. While researching a book I am currently working on, I came across the inquires at your website from both a lady and a gentleman regarding the loss of crewmen aboard the Army Coastal Tanker Y-14 on 16 December 1944.
I have a copy of the Action Report written by the Task Unit Commander. If you could provide me their email addresses or forward mine to them, I believe I could assist them with their inquiry.
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I do not have the email address for the couple who were looking for those who died in Y-14.
If you send me the detail, we will add it to AHOY, and they visit my site again and thus see your Action Report,
The U.S. Army coastal tanker Y-14 was a part of the so-called Slow Tow to Mindoro. While in transit from Dulag in the northern Leyte Gulf the convoy suffered a series of air attacks from both Kamikaze and conventional Japanese aircraft. The worse attack occurred the morning of 16 December, when at 0824 a fighter aircraft crashed near the port side of the Y-14. Two crewmen were lost over the side and the tanker was slowed by the damage sustained to a maximum speed of five knots. The aircraft had appeared at a range of 6,000 yards headed apparently in a suicide run at the destroyer escort USS Holt, since it was the closest ship in the formation and beam on to the fighter closing rapidly at a speed of about 300 knots. Sensing this, the destroyer changed course radically to the right, and the aircraft, finding the Holt’s target angle unfavorable, chose instead to crash the tanker.
The plane was hit heavily by 40mm and 20mm fire from the Holt, starting a fire in the cockpit and producing smoke.
I have taken a better look at your website, which is very impressive and reflects your extensive knowledge and interest in naval and maritime matters
Perhaps you can point me towards more information about one of the RAN's greatest naval officers of WWII, Lt. Comdr. Leonard Goldsworthy.
I have written a book about the U.S. Navy's patrol yachts (PY), coastal patrol yachts (PYc) and patrol vessels (YP) of World War II, which is currently undergoing publisher's review. If such information exists, I would like to know more about the period that Goldsworthy was embarked aboard the YP-421 and how the ship supported his mine rendering safe activities.
Following are a couple of paragraphs from my manuscript related to the subject: