Daily Event for June 3

Built in Oakland, California in 1921 the 6,940 ton tanker M. F. Elliott was en route to Venezuela to pick up a shipment of oil when on June 3, 1942 she was torpedoed by U-502 about 150 miles northwest of Trinidad. The ship sank within a few minuets leaving most of the crew in the oil filled water. The lifeboats all capsized and were useless so the crew got on a few rafts which had floated free of the sinking ship.

Two men were taken aboard the U-502 and questioned, and became unwilling passengers when the boat had to crash dive to avoid attack by a U. S. Navy PBY. The aircraft had been signaled by the Elliott shortly after the torpedoes struck and came on the scene shortly afterwards.

The men on the U-502 were released a few hours later and placed on a raft. Five days later they were rescued by SS Santa Maria. The others were picked up the following morning by USS Tarbell DD-142. Sadly thirteen men lost their lives either killed by the explosions or drowning before rescue.
© 2009 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honor
In memory of those who lost their lives in
SS M. F. Elliott
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Anderson, Adolph
Chief Engineer
Anderson, Anders W.
2nd Engineer
Bodden, Henry A.
2nd Mate
Bradway, Harry H.
Cahill, Frederick W.
Eycken, George A.
Garcia, Julius A.
Able Seaman
Hartley, George H.
Heggie, Alexander
3rd Mate
Jones, Thomas J.
Able Seaman
Pearcy, William H.
Ordinary Seaman
Swickard, Edward W.
Ordinary Seaman
Weikel, Samuel G.

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