Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The I-58 Sank the USS Indianapolis-- Part 4

At 2300 29 July 1945, 250 miles south of Palau, the I-58 was cruising southward when it spotted a large ship approaching from the east and not zig-zagging.   It turned out to be the American heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis and she was not escorted.

The I-58 fired off a spread of torpedoes at 2326 and observed three hits.  The I-58 dove and found the Indianapolis gone when it came back up to periscope depth.

On 9 August. the submarine attacked what  was thought to be a convoy of ten transports escorted by three destroyers.  Two Kaiten were launched, but the convoy turned out to be the hunter-killer Task Force 75.19 along with the escort carrier USS Salamana (CVE-96).  The Kaiten were attacked by the destroyer escort Johnnie Hutchins (DE-360) which sank both of them.

On 12 August, the I-58 launched an unsuccessful attack on the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) and destroyer escort Thomas F. Nickel (DE-587).  On 18 August, it arrived back at Kure and Japan surrendered September 2nd.

On April 1, 1946, in "Operation Road's End," the I-58 was stripped of usable parts and towed bybthe subtender Nereus (AS-17) and scuttled off Goto Island, Japan.

Story of a Sub.  --GreGen

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