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  • Patrol Summary
    which saw combat duty during WWII 188 of them had JANAC officially credited sinking records USS Bowfin remains a legend for among these 188 submarines Bowfin ranks 17th in tonnage and 15th in number of ships sunk Fifty two of 288 combat submarines almost one out of five and 3 505 out of 14 750 WWII U S submariners almost one out of four began their eternal patrols before Japan surrendered Verified Sinkings by USS Bowfin Date Name of Vessel Type of Vessel Tonnage Location Commanding Officer 25 Sep 1943 Kirishima Maru Passenger Cargo 8 120 9 44N 111 56E J H Willingham 26 Nov 1943 Ogurasan Maru Tanker 5 069 12 48N 109 34E W T Griffith 26 Nov 1943 Tainan Maru Cargo 5 407 13 02N 109 28E W T Griffith 27 Nov 1943 Van Vollenhoven Cargo 691 13 01N 109 30E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Sydney Maru Passenger Cargo 5 425 12 46N 109 42E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Tonan Maru Tanker 9 866 12 46N 109 42E W T Griffith 17 Jan 1944 Shoyu Shoyo Maru Cargo 4 408 18 00N 118 37E W T Griffith 10 Mar 1944 Tsukikawa Maru Cargo 4 470 1 30N 128 17E W T Griffith 24 Mar 1944 Shinkyo Maru Cargo 5 139 5 27N 125 38E W T Griffith 24 Mar 1944 Bengal Maru Cargo 5 399 5 27N 125 38E W T Griffith 22 Aug 1944 Tsushima Maru Passenger Cargo 6 754 29 32N 129 31E J Corbus 17 Feb 1945 Coast Defense Vessel No 56 Frigate 750 33 53N 139 43E A K Tyree 1 May 1945 Chowa Maru Passenger Cargo 2 719 41 06N 144 28E A K Tyree 8 May 1945 Daito Maru No 3 Cargo 880 39 37N 142 07E A K Tyree 11 Jun 1945 Shinyo Maru No 3 Passenger Cargo 1 898 39 23N 128 59E A K Tyree 13 Jun 1945 Akiura Maru Cargo 887 39 13N 128 07E A K Tyree Totals 16 Vessels for 67 882 tons sunk According to research done by CDR John Alden USN Ret as published in the Second Edition of his United States and Allied Submarine Successes in the Pacific and Far East During World War II Bowfin s war record could be updated as follows Date Name of Vessel Type of Vessel Tonnage Location Commanding Officer 25 Sep 1943 Kirishima Maru Passenger Cargo 8 267 9 44N 111 56E J H Willingham 26 Nov 1943 Ogurasan Maru Tanker 5 069 12 48N 109 34E W T Griffith 26 Nov 1943 Tainan Maru Cargo 5 407 13 02N 109 28E W T Griffith 26 Nov 1943 Beryl Vichy French Passenger Cargo 671 South China Sea W T Griffith 27 Nov 1943 Van Vollenhoven Vichy French Cargo 691 13 01N 109 30E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Tonan Maru Tanker 9 866 12 46N 109 42E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Sydney Maru Passenger Cargo 5 428 12 46N

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  • Tsushima Maru
    surrendered August 1945 and transferred to China as Chang Chi taken over by Communists in 1949 and re armed by 1955 from Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1869 1945 pp 118 119 After the War The sinking has been the subject of many articles and books published in Japan as well as a good number of documentary broadcasts and even an animated feature film Memorial ceremonies are held at sea at the approximate location of the sinking and there are monuments in Naha City Okinawa and on Akuseki Island for those lost at sea Recent Findings An investigation team from the Japan Marine Science Technology Center JAMSTEC found the sunken ship on 12 December 1997 in waters 10 kilometers northwest of Akuseki Island Kagoshima Prefecture The ship was positively identified by Dolphin 3K deep sea detection equipment which video taped the portions of the sunken vessel and found the ship s name painted on her hull Following is a translation of a Waka Poem by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan for his Year end Presentation in 1997 Ninth Year of Heisei The sighting of wreck of the Tsushima Maru Foundered with lives Of the young evacuees Held in her embrace The ship has been discovered Far down in the ocean depths From http www kunaicho go jp gyosei 5syu3syuh09 01 html Note of Interest The periscope photograph shown below has appeared in publications both in the U S and Japan misidentifying the vessel as Tsushima Maru Because the attack occurred at night between 2200 and 2230 10 00 pm and 10 30 p m and the ship confirmed by all accounts sank in less than 15 minutes this photo could not possibly be of Tsushima Maru Furthermore Bowfin did not take any photographs of this attack and the

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  • Submarine
    which she and the other Hellcat submarines would enter through the heavily mined Tsushima Strait They would be using the new FM Sonar mine detecting equipment which had been recently installed on each of the boats The sonar emitted an ominous bell like tone whenever it came within 300 feet of a mine Reportedly Bowfin s crew could hear the sound of a mine cable scraping along the side of the boat s hull during the transit Once safely through the strait and into the Sea of Japan Bowfin proceeded to her assigned patrol area off the eastern coast of Korea On 2 June the group searched for survivors of a downed B 29 USS Tinosa SS 283 eventually rescued the group Initially only two ship contacts were made and both times Bowfin scored a kill On 11 June she found a cargo ship sailing unescorted and fired four torpedoes one of which hit 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 than one An aerial photographer Marshall LaCour who now resides in Washington was chosen to film Bowfin s ninth patrol Mr LaCour recalls drawing straws in a pool of photographers to decide which submarine each person would be assigned to Finally it was down to only

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  • The Very First Sub Ever
    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 of Charleston South Carolina harbor to attack and sink the Union Ship USS

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  • Secrets of the Sub
    Scholarship Resources Research Support Us Online Store Contact Us Online Store 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 of Charleston South Carolina harbor to attack and sink the Union Ship USS Housitanic The weapon used was a mine mounted on a spar jutting from the bow of the submarine Again the purpose was to break the blockade of a harbor but within 40 years the United States started the submarine explosion with the Simon Lake SS 1 in 1900 designed as a scouting ship for America s emerging battle fleets In less than 20 years the first world war

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  • USS Bowfin Location and Map
    HI 96818 3104 Get Directions 808 423 1341 View Google Map Hours Open Daily from 7 00 a m to 5 00 p m Last admission to the submarine is at 4 30 p m Bowfin Park closes promptly at

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