Dear Ms. Rossi,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Court of Inquiry Proceedings, 1909 - 1971 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Navy) (Record Group 125) that includes 24 files from [Case Number 40203] Loss of the USS Warrington (DD-383). We also located Records of Proceedings of General Courts Martial, 1866 - 1951 in Record Group 125 that may contain records of any resulting courts martial of specific individuals. These records have NOT been digitized. For more information, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1). RDT1 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we located World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes the USS WARRINGTON - War History, which provides a narrative of the loss of the ship. We also located the following war diaries and histories for some of the ships involved in search and rescue operations: USS HYADES - War Diary, 9/10-30/44; USS HUSE - War Diary, 9/1-30/44; USS FROST - War Diary, 9/1-30/44; USS SWASEY - War Diary, 8/1/44 to 10/2/44; USS CROATAN - War History, 12/14/42 to 4/25/45; JOHNNIE HUTCHINS - War Diary, 8/28/44 to 9/30/44; USS INCH - War Diary, 9/1-30/44; USS SNOWDEN - War Diary, 9/1-30/44; and USS WOODSON - War Diary, 9/1-30/44. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Rescue tugs ATR-62 and ATR-9 were also involved, but we were unable to locate war diaries of these ships covering September 1944.
Plus, we located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24), but this series does NOT include the September 1944 deck log for the USS Warrington. When ships sink, the deck log for that month normally “goes down with the ship.” The series may include deck logs for the ships involved in the search and rescue operations. To inquire about the deck logs of any other ships, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
You may be interested in the Alphabetical Series of Ship Engineering Drawings, 1789 - 1967 in the Records of the Bureau of Ships (Record Group 19) that includes Plans for the Destroyer USS Warrington (DD-383). These records have not been digitized. For access to these drawings, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Cartographic (RDSC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lastly, we searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located an article about Warrington II (DD-383).
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!