Pvt. Renoff L Edwin

 

Name: Renoff L Edwin
Rank: Private
Serial # 33000403
Enlistment Date: 19 Apr 1941
Company: C Battery
Unit: 67th Field Artillery Battalion
Servicebranch:Armor
State, City  District of Columbia, Baltimore Maryland
Date of birth:1915-11-09
Date of death:1943-10-23
Cause of death: Missing in Action
Wall of the Missing  Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France
Awards:Purple Heart

Pvt Renoff who is known in other databases as an Pfc bu he was reduced per Battery order #6 dated July 10 1943. He is also not a member of the 29th Division 110th Field Artillery Battalion but is a member of the 67th Armored Field Artillery Battalion 3rd Armored Division. In all the records this last part has been proved by the Official War Department.

What did happen in October 1943:
Pvt Renoff was attached as one of the front gunners on the HMS LIMBOURNE (L 57) – Type III, Hunt-class Escort Destroyer.

October 1943  Detached for TUNNEL operations based at Plymouth.
3rd          In action with German torpedo boats in Chanel, Sustained slight damage.                22nd       Deployed with HM Cruiser CHARYBDIS, HM Destroyers GRENVILLE,                                   ROCKET,WENSLEYDALE, TALYBONT and STEVENSTONE as Force X to                             Intercept blockade runner MUNSTERLAND on passage from the Far East    into a                 French port.
23rd       Operation failed.
Under torpedo attack by German torpedo boats near Guernsey and hit by    torpedo fired by T22.
http://www.german-navy.de/kriegsmarine/ships/torpedoboats/flottentorpedoboot1939/t22/index.html#

Sustained major damage forward and totally disabled.An attempt to tow was unsuccessful and ship was sunk by torpedoes from    HMS TALYBONT and surface gunfire from HMS ROCKET.42 of her ship’s company were killed with 100 survivors. This disastrous ill planned operation and the reasons for its misguided    execution are fullied described in HOLD THE NARROW SEA and TWO    HONOURABLE YEARS a privately published book by Craig Leith.

And a full report of the mission and boats can be found here http://www.charybdis-limbourne.co.uk/pdf/loss%20_of_ships.pdf
The Official war department stated:

The ship’s remains were discovered in the 1990’s and in 2001 by a British team.

HMS LIMBOURNE

Check here the rest of the pictures: http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/timwallis44/media/cGF0aDovTGltYm91cm5lZ3Vuc3NtYWxsLmpwZw==/?ref=

May they rest in peace, they are not forgotten.

Sources:
3rd Armored Division Memorial Group
Deutsche Kriegsmarine
Naval History.net
Official War Department