Saturday, April 6, 2013

The USS Perch (SS-176)-- Part 1

A follow-up to today's earlier post.  This was Ernie Plantz's ship.

From Wikipedia.

The Perch was the lead ship of her class and commissioned 19 November 1936 and joined the Pacific fleet's Submarine Squadron 6 (SubRon6) and operated around the Philippines during the year before the war began.  The ship was in Cavite Navy Yard in the Philippines when the war broke out and witness to the bombing of that place.  It later made it to Darwin, Australia, for repairs.

On March 1, 1942, the Perch was attacking an enemy convoy near Java when it was spotted by two Japanese destroyers, attacked, and driven to dive where depth charges caused much damage, knocking out the starboard motors and flooding the ship.

Temporary repairs were made and the Perch resurfaced March 2nd.  It was spotted by destroyers and attacked again.  A huge loss of oil and air convinced the Japanese ships that the Perch was breaking up and they left.

More to Come.  --GreGen

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