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Of the 203 personnel that were lost, 48 were recovered *thin a few days after the disaster and were laid to rest at Argentia ~ 4 t hfull military honors and religious services officiated by military chaplains and civilian clergymen. Several weeks after the catastrophe, additional bodies were found along the shores and in the many coves of Newfoundland. T k s e were hurled in a plot of ground outside St. Lawrence, donated by the parish priest, Father Augustus Thorne. 14 BLOOD ON THE SEA Although none of the civilian rescuers were killed during this event.

The man was last seen swimming toward it and it was hoped that he would be able to svvim to Banaking Island, less than a mile away. By now, all three Hudsons were pouncing on the lone destroyer with a vengeance. Once again, although Bemingham's skillful handling had saved Pealy, the near misses had taken their toll in undenvater and topside damage. One man was dead and several others wounded. With the loss of dayhght, the planes \nthdrew and reported back to their base, there to be infomed of their tragc: error, Their only explanation was that, o d n g to the shipb odd color scheme-the new camouflage-they believed that Peary was a Japanese destroyer, several of which wfe h o w to be operating in the area.

Immediately after this assault, Japanese dive bombers swooped down from the skies and attacked the sitting-duck transports and cargomen. Two bombs sent the transport Mnuna h a to the bottom within a few seconds. The army transport General Metgs soon joined her, after being hammered by a number of bomb hits and being blown in half by a torpedo. A coastal steamer was sunk while coming to the aid of a Brazilian steamship that was ablaze outside the harbor. Also sent to the bottom were two Australian cowettes and the SS AJmiraZ Hatstead.

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