Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.' USS Spence, DD 512 “ always did more than her share,” wrote Admiral Arleigh Burke in 1983 of the original flagship of Destroyer Division 46—a tightly-run, happy ship with a reputation for great chow, which served with distinction with Destroyer Squadron 23, the “Little Beavers,” until she was lost during the great typhoon of 18 December 1944. Spence retired to Purvis Bay on 3 November. On the 28th, she set a surface craft on fire with her main batteries near Kolombangara and then patrolled between that island and Vella Lavella.
As aircraft struck the islands, the destroyer moved in and bombarded enemy positions on Guam and Saipan. Spence participated in the "Marianas Turkey Shoot" during the Battle of the Philippine Sea on 19 and 20 June. After shakedown in the West Indies and a convoy escort run to Casablanca, April–May 1943, Spence passed through the Panama Canal in June and saw her first action in the Pacific war supporting landings at Baker Island in September. Spence conducted her shakedown cruise out of Guantanamo Bay from 8 to 28 February. When daybreak came, so did between 70 and 80 enemy aircraft. Die USS Spence (DD-512) war ein Zerstörer der Fletcher-Klasse der United States Navy. In the second group, DesDiv 45 sank Yugiri. In addition to DesRon 23’s Presidential Unit Citation, Spence earned 8 battle stars. The range closed rapidly, and, at 0156, DesDiv 45 fired torpedoes at two Japanese ships and scored several hits. The rudder jammed; and, after a deep roll to port about 1100, Spence capsized and sank. Spence's guns pounded Kavieng and Cape St. George, New Ireland, on the 18th, she then made a sweep of shipping lanes between Kavieng and Truk. The destroyer returned to Majuro for a period of upkeep from 4 May to 5 June. The Japanese light cruiser Sendai was also sunk in the engagement. Operating with of Adm. “Tip” Merrill’s Task Force 39, Spence and her squadron screened cruisers Montpelier, Cleveland, Columbia and Denver in bombarding airfields at Buka and Bonis in northern Bougainville preceding landings at that island’s Empress Augusta Bay, 1 November. 5 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 guns, Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. The squadron sailed on 22 September for Tulagi, Solomon Islands. One plane dropped three bombs, but the closest fell 75 yards (69 m) off Spence's starboard beam. Laid down at Bath Iron Works 18 May 1942 and named for an early 19th century naval officer, Spence was commissioned 8 January 1943, the 32nd ship of the 2,100-ton Fletcher class. Spence was struck from the Navy list on 19 January 1945. 6 × depth charge projectors. The next day, 18 December, the weather built into a typhoon.
In November, Spence joined Task Force 38.1 (Wasp, Yorktown, Cowpens and Intrepid) operating from Ulithi, nearly colliding with Wasp when her rudder jammed during refueling, 12 November. National Museum of the Pacific War, L' USS Spence (DD-512) est un destroyer de la classe Fletcher en service dans la marine des États-Unis pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. 10 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes, . Spence and Converse opened on her with their main batteries and she sank at 0253. Spence and Converse (DD-509) were ordered to finish off the first group while DesDiv 45 bombarded the second group. The next day, she sank an enemy barge with shellfire near Green Island. “Each time I hear the name USS Spence, I feel like a mother who has lost her first born and, being a sentimentalist, I shed a tear . Arleigh Burke as flagship of Cmdr. 18DEC1944 Typhoon Cobra .. Halsey's Typhoon Thank you! In February 1809, Spence went to Boston to serve in Wasp and then returned to Washington in April for duty in John Adams. In August, she sailed for San Francisco for a six-week overhaul at Hunter’s Point and trials, departing 5 October. . She screened the carriers in Philippine waters as they launched attacks against Luzon during November and the first part of December. At 0231, Spence made radar contact at 16 miles (26 km).
Spenceconducted her shakedown cruise out of Guantanamo Bayfrom 8 to 28 February.
On the night of 9 and 10 February, Spence helped to shell Tiaraka and Teopasino, Bougainville.
Early the next morning, the "Little Beavers" were patrolling the Buka-Rabaul route. Sie war benannt nach Robert T. Spence, einem Marineoffizier, der während des Britisch-Amerikanischen Krieges ein Kanonenboot befehligte. Spence was attached to Destroyer Division (DesDiv) 46 of Destroyer Squadron (DesRon) 23. We were unable to submit your feedback at Hull (DD-350) and Monaghan (DD-354) were also sunk in the typhoon.
She was routed to the west coast and, on 25 July, got underway from San Francisco for Pearl Harbor, to serve in the Pacific against the Japanese in World War II.
The squadron appropriately returned to Purvis Bay on Thanksgiving Day. Later in the battle, Spence received a shell hit below the waterline, contaminating fuel oil and reducing her speed, but continued her attack with Thatcher and Converse, launching torpedoes at fleeing enemy destroyers. The destroyer fired a spread of torpedoes at a ship 3,000 yards (3,000 m) away and was rewarded with black smoke pouring from the target.
We appreciate your feedback. Arriving in the Solomon Islands later that month, Spence helped destroy 20 Japanese barges off Vella Lavella 1–2 October, then was attached to Destroyer Squadron 23 under Capt. She arrived at Eniwetok on 31 October and was ordered to Ulithi in early November where she was assigned to TG 38.1, the Support Unit for the fast carriers of TF 38.