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  • Patrol 2
    50 caliber gun in spite of intermittent attacks by Japanese aircraft That night she also sank another large schooner with her main gun Two nights later she used her 4 50 caliber gun to set afire two oil laden coastal vessels at the entrance to Tawi Tawi Bay at the tip of Borneo In a pitch black rainstorm off the coast of French Indochina now Vietnam on 26 November near Cape Varella the surfaced Bowfin found she was in the middle of a Japanese convoy and had to back all engines to avoid ramming a tanker Bowfin sank two of the enemy ships in a surface torpedo attack About two hours later in a submerged attack she sank a small Vichy French coastal steamer from the convoy On 28 November Bowfin and USS Billfish made a coordinated attack on a large convoy Bowfin made a surface torpedo attack in a rainstorm which resulted in sinking two ships the second after a 5 shell fired from the enemy ship hit Bowfin s starboard main air induction piping Bowfin s last two torpedoes fired at a third ship prematured The patrol was cut short and after emergency repairs to the main induction line Bowfin headed back to Fremantle En route on 2 December Bowfin sank a yacht sized vessel with her deck gun USS Bowfin was underway for 10 023 miles during her second patrol Commanding Officer Griffith and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank 70 948 tons nine large vessels plus five small craft JANAC credited USS Bowfin with 26 458 tons sunk five large vessels plus eight small craft LCDR Griffith was awarded the Navy Cross and USS Bowfin was later awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Secrets of the Sub How Does A Sub Stay So Quiet How do submarines stay

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  • Patrol 3
    both targets put into Balikpapan Borneo ahead of her Bowfin then put into Darwin to load mines and reload torpedoes She also picked up a special guest RADM Ralph Waldo Christie USN Commander U S Submarine Force Southwest Pacific ComSubSoWesPac based at Perth who wanted to personally see how his submariners were doing their assigned tasks Bowfin put to sea on 25 January and soon sank an enemy transport and its escort Bowfin damaged another ship in the Makassar Strait after a night surface attack which continued into the next day On 27 January Bowfin sank a freighter in the Flores Sea after which she began a day long chase of a large tanker Bowfin fired six bow shots but all missed due to target course changes After reloading Bowfin fired six more torpedoes for two hits The Japanese tanker then fired upon Bowfin with four machine guns and two deck guns forcing her to submerge Bowfin fired six more torpedoes two hitting below the tanker s bridge but the tanker remained afloat Bowfin then laid a mine field in waters off Balikpapan Post war records indicate that at least two large vessels may have been sunk or severely damaged by these mines Since Bowfin had no way of knowing whether or not enemy ships would eventually sail into this field she claimed no results from them Enroute home Bowfin sank two schooners with her 4 50 caliber deck gun on 30 January USS Bowfin was underway for 7 949 miles during her third patrol Commanding Officer Griffith and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank 12 638 tons three large ships plus three small craft and damaged 18 200 tons two large vessels JANAC credited USS Bowfin with 4 408 tons sunk one large vessel plus four small craft LCDR Griffith

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  • Patrol 4
    and a severe depth charge attack being made on Bowfin The following day attempts by the enemy to take the damaged ship in tow were frustrated by a second attack by Bowfin in which another ship was damaged and the previously damaged ship was sunk Bowfin received another heavy depth charge attack and had a chain or grapnel hook dragged across her hull in an attempt to pull her to the surface With all torpedoes expended Bowfin put into Darwin on 14 March to reload torpedoes She returned to sea the next day and on 18 March she fired 6 torpedoes all of which missed a Japanese cargo ship escorted by two submarine chasers This action resulted in a 16 depth charge enemy attack which shook Bowfin and her crew That afternoon Bowfin fired four torpedoes at the same target from her stern tubes but all missed On 24 March after tracking a five ship convoy for six hours Bowfin made a night surface attack and sank two cargo vessels and damaged another before expending all of her torpedoes USS Bowfin was underway for 9 272 miles during her fourth patrol Commanding Officer Griffith and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank 20 982 tons three large vessels and damaged 11 464 tons two large vessels JANAC credited USS Bowfin with 15 008 tons sunk three large vessels CDR Griffith was awarded a Silver Star Change of Command 15 April 1944 CDR Griffith was relieved by CDR John Corbus USNA class of 30 Corbus had previously served as C O of USS Herring SS 233 with Subron 50 in the Atlantic then had one war patrol in the Pacific and finally one patrol as C O of USS Haddo SS 255 CDR Griffith returned to Portsmouth to commission a new fleet submarine

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  • Patrol 5
    were scarce On 14 May USS Bowfin torpedoed and sank a freighter in a three ship convoy after which she again received a severe depth charge attack Before Bowfin departed Midway for Pearl Harbor she offered support with lifeguard duties for the first U S air strike on Palau Island USS Bowfin was underway for 15 014 miles during her fifth patrol Commanding Officer Corbus and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank 6 500 tons one large vessel Although the patrol was declared successful JANAC did not credit the sinking to USS Bowfin Secrets of the Sub The Very First Sub Ever The First Submarine Ever There were many countries around the world developing submarines in the 17th and 18th century both for wartime use and for commercial purposes In the United States we say the Turtle developed by a Yale University professor David Bushnell was our first submarine Designed to deliver an underwater mine with a timed fuse it s original purpose was to break the blockade of the British Navy in New York harbor in 1776 during the War of Independence Almost a hundred later the Confederate States Ship Hunley with a crew of nine men braved the waters

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  • Patrol 6
    resorted to using the 20 mm and 30 caliber machine guns Bowfin then fired four torpedoes but due to a computer design deficiency failed to sink the remaining stationary hulk She took aboard two wounded survivors for questioning The prisoners were later transferred at Midway and USS Bowfin proceeded on to Pearl Harbor USS Bowfin was underway for 13 437 miles during her sixth patrol Commanding Officer Corbus and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank 26 700 tons eight large ships plus one small craft one dock one crane and one bus JANAC credited USS Bowfin with sinking only 6 754 tons one large vessel of that tonnage Tsushima Maru plus seven small craft For this patrol CDR Corbus was awarded the Navy Cross and USS Bowfin received the Navy Unit Commendation NUC Bowfin was one of only five U S Navy vessels to earn both the Presidential Unit Citation PUC and the Navy Unit Commendation NUC during WWII Higher authorities considered the possible need for Bowfin to assist in the then pending invasion of Leyte but previous battle damage to Bowfin including seriously leaking fuel oil tanks made a major overhaul necessary Therefore USS Bowfin departed Pearl Harbor for California on 15 September Major Overhaul Change of Command 21 September 1944 USS Bowfin arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard San Francisco California on 21 September Two days later CDR Corbus was relieved as commanding officer by CDR Alexander Kelly Tyree USNA class of 36 CDR Corbus was transferred back to Pearl Harbor where he served out the remainder of the war as Operations Officer on ComSubPac s staff USS Bowfin s overhaul period resulted in a great deal of much needed repair plus the installation of new equipment most notably the new FM sonar mine detection gear Bowfin was among

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  • Patrol 7
    by other submarines A coordinated attack group of five submarines were formed and guided under the command of CDR Bernard F McMahon of USS Piper SS 409 This wolfpack which was designated Mac s Mops departed from Saipan on 8 February and was charged with eliminating any Japanese picket boats The area they were told to patrol was a path through which U S Fast Carrier Task Force 58 would pass for the first strikes on Tokyo South East Honshu Since no picket boats were sighted the five submarines proceeded individually to lifeguard stations The remaining portion of this patrol was mostly dedicated to lifeguard duties in support of carrier raids and B 29 strikes Bowfin s assigned patrol area was south of Honshu A Japanese destroyer was sunk on 17 February and another escaped due to a premature torpedo explosion Bowfin was also on the receiving end of an attack when 26 depth charges were dropped by the undamaged destroyer After Bowfin reached her assigned patrol area she sank a small previously damaged picket boat with 20mm and 40mm gunfire A large sea truck was sunk on 2 March with only one torpedo On 4 March a 5 inch 25 caliber gun attack on two picket boats resulted in returned gunfire and a shrapnel injury to TM3c Reid Eldon Lee then at his gun action battle station He was later transferred at sea to USS Sennet SS 408 which was en route to her home base A U S Navy TBM pilot and his gunner were rescued from the water after they crash landed on 19 March just south of Kii Suido during carrier strikes on Kobe Osaka USS Bowfin was underway for 14 325 miles during her seventh patrol Commanding Officer Tyree and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank

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  • Patrol 8
    rode on board to observe training Original patrol orders were to proceed alone and without a coding machine via the heavily mined Tsushima Straits to the Sea of Japan and upon successful arrival there to radio ComSubPac to report the track they had followed through the mined area mines detected etc and then to patrol the Sea of Japan However two days out of Guam Bowfin received a message canceling those orders and instead instructing her to rendezvous with returning USS Sea Dog SS 401 to get her coding machine and publications for a brief patrol off the east north east coast of Honshu before returning to Guam in preparation for her ninth patrol Bowfin did sink an enemy merchant ship on 1 May after which its escorts dropped 22 depth charges over several nerve wracking hours and drove Bowfin dangerously deep Using her special FM sonar called Hell s Bells by the crew because of the chilling gongs it gave off when a mine was detected Bowfin conducted investigations of minefields near the eastern entrance to Tsugaru Strait where several U S submarines had been lost On 7 May Bowfin sank another merchant ship and damaged another following an end around run which skirted the charted mine fields USS Bowfin was underway for 5 649 miles during her eighth patrol Commanding Officer Tyree and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank 9 300 tons two large vessels and damaged 4 000 tons one large vessel The post war Joint Army Navy Assessment Committee JANAC credited USS Bowfin with sinking only 3 399 tons two large vessels CDR Tyree was awarded the Legion of Merit with combat V Secrets of the Sub How Does A Sub Stay So Quiet How do submarines stay so quiet Submarines are the ultimate stealth weapon Remaining

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  • Patrol 9
    The ship was the 1 898 ton Shinyo Maru and it sank in only three minutes Two days later Bowfin torpedoed and sank the Akiura Maru a small 887 ton freighter Several harbors were entered for investigation but were found empty On 18 June Bowfin was the target of uncomfortably accurate gunfire and submerged to escape On 20 June a submerged six torpedo attack on a convoy of three enemy ships in very shallow water failed as a result of poor visibility and attack positions and the necessity to avoid Bowfin s own fourth torpedo which seemed to be circling back On 24 June the Hellcats rendezvoused in preparation for the wolfpack s exit from the Sea of Japan One of the submarines USS Bonefish SS 223 did not appear The remaining eight boats made a daring but successful high speed surface run out of the Sea of Japan through the narrow and heavily patrolled La Perouse Strait On 24 June the Hellcats rendezvoused in preparation for the wolfpack s exit from the Sea of Japan One of the submarines USS Bonefish SS 223 did not appear The remaining eight boats made a daring but successful high speed surface run out of the Sea of Japan through the narrow and heavily patrolled La Perouse Strait 4 July a triumphant USS Bowfin pulled into Pearl Harbor having completed an historic patrol that in the words of Commander Subron Ten will live long in the annals of submarine warfare VADM Lockwood awarded each of the Hellcats crew members with a certificate enrolling them as members of the distinguished order of Mighty Mine Dodgers for their success in transiting what he called the most dangerous of war waters USS Bowfin s ninth patrol had been a life or death situation in more ways

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