Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 34

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Reference WMO/294516


Noirmont Headland

Le Chemin de Noirmont

St Brelade



Channel Islands

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Stone of remembrance
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Stone of Remembrance with dedicatory inscription, names inscribed in three columns. Square in shape, but top corners are rounded. The Stone of Remembrance is placed on an American Star set into a stone base. Sixteen smaller stones are set into the base, each stone representing a USN seaman who lost his life in the sea battle. The memorial looks out to sea towards St Helier. There is a blue metal information plaque describing the battle off Noirmont Point nearby.
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Stone of Remembrance: This Memorial was unveiled/ on the 9th August 2004 and is dedicated to the men of/ PT SQUADRON 34/ United States Navy/ Who died in action off Noirmont Point headland/ on the morning of 9th August 1944/ (Names...) Plaque: Naval Battle off Noirmont Point/ 9th August 1944/ During the early morning hours of 9th August, 1944, a naval engagement took place just off/ Noirmont Point between PT Squadron 34 of the United States Navy operating from the newly/ liberated port of Cherbourg in Normandy, and a convoy of German vessels escorted by the/ heavily armed 46th Minesweeping Flotilla of the German Navy based in the German occupied/ Channel Islands. The convoy, sailing under cover of darkness, was carrying a battery of heavy/ field guns destined to reinforce the defences on the east coast of Jersey./ Battle was joined in thick fog as the convoy rounded La Corbiere, and continued along the/ south coast, culminating off Noirmont Point when the PT 509, having rammed an escorting/ minesweeper, the MT 4626, finally went down taking fourteen of her fifteen man crew with her./ A further two USN seamen from the PT 503 were also lost in the action. The German losses/ were three seamen from the 46th Minesweeping Flotilla and one soldier from Engineer/ Battalion 319. The convoy got through to St. Helier and the guns were emplaced on the east/ coast, from where they could fire on American forces deployed on the Cotentin peninsula. One/ of these guns is now on display in this emplacement./ Of the sixteen American seamen who lost their lives that morning, three were washed up on/ the island and buried with full military honours at Howard Davis Park in St. Helier, on 15th/ August 1944. A fourth body was picked up by an Allied seaplane in St. Ouen's Bay on 10th/ August. In 1946, their bodies were transferred to a US Cemetery in Normandy. Nine/ American bodies were never recovered, the sea off Noirmont Point becoming their final/ resting place. For the United States Navy PT Boat service, this was the greatest loss of life in/ any single engagement during World War Two./ The four German dead were buried in St. Brelade churchyard, but removed to the German/ military cemetery at Mont-des-Huisnes, near Mont-St-Michel, France in 1962. Their names and ranks are: (names...) The Memorial 9th August 1944-9th August 2004 The memorial is dedicated to the men of PT Squadron 34, United States Navy, who gave their/ lives during that engagement of 60 years ago. Around the main Memorial stone, are arranged/ sixteen smaller granite stones, each representing one USN serviceman who died in the action./ The Memorial is located on the site of the former Battery Lothringen Mess Hut, and faces out/ across the area of sea water where the action took place and the final resting place of the PT 509./

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