Name: Renoff L Edwin
Serial # 33000403
Enlistment Date: 19 Apr 1941
Company: C Battery
Unit: 67th Field Artillery Battalion
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
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.
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.
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.
3rd Armored Division Memorial Group
Official War Department