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July 23, 1943

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I love a good mystery. I hope someone can solve this one for me because I’m not getting anywhere trying to solve it myself. Among the few mementos my dad saved from WWII was this tag. One side reads “19” and the other side reads “7-23-43 GERMAN LINER.”

My dad, George Edwin Farrar, entered the Army Air Forces on June 4, 1942, but did not go overseas to fight in the European Theater until July 1, 1944. Aside from his own training, he spent some time stateside as a gunner instructor. His brother, Bob, enlisted in the Navy on May 8, 1943 and served on the USS Intrepid in the Pacific Theater.

I don’t ever remember my dad showing me this tag or explaining the history of it. Now I’d like to know where it came from and how it came to be in his possession.

When I look up July 23, 1943 in WWII history, the only entries I can find on a list of shipwrecks from that date and regarding a German ship are from the Kriegsmarine (the Nazi Navy from 1935 to 1945):

  • World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm F146 was sunk on this date
  • World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm F432 was sunk on this date
  • World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm F546 was sunk on this date
  • World War II: The Type 1935 Minesweeper M-152 struck a mine and sank in the Gironde estuary, France

Could this tag have come from one of those ships? If anyone has any insight into where this tag came from, please either leave a comment or e-mail me. I will be forever grateful.

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2016

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