Hospital ship St David sunk on 24th. of January 1944, two days after the Anzio landings
February 01, 2009
searching for name of British Hospital Ship sunk Jan 24, 1944 off coast of Italy
I am searching for the name and circumstances of a British Hospital ship sunk on or about January 24, 1944 off the coast of Italy. Such is the information in a newspaper clipping quoting a letter to the family of Pvt Leo J. Patton, whose bio we are writing for our Chester County Hall of Heroes web site www.chesco.org/heroes
Finding this information will help and will add more to his story. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
On the 24th. of January 1944, two days after the Anzio landings, three British Hospital Ships, St David, St Andrew and Leinster were attacked by the Luftwaffe. St David with 226 medical staff and patients on board received a direct hit and sank. There were 130 survivors which included two nurses.
March 22, 2010 3:22 AM
Noting your discussion on the Hospital carrier ship St David I found these photos in the LIfe Magazine archives..
Dated Nov 1939
Thought you might find them useful.
Thumbnails link for the whole set of images.
Evacuation Of Dunkirk
Thank you for your kindness in forwarding on to me these photos, very much appreciated.
We will add them to our Hospital ship St David sunk on 24th. of January 1944, two days after the Anzio landings on AHOY.