Tambor

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassTambor-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-198

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Submarine Tambor (SS-198) Interactive Map

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USS Tambor, USS Ray, USS Greenling, USS Cero (barely visible), and USS Raton (barely visible) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 24 Feb 1945

Tambor Operational Timeline

16 Dec 1941 US submarine Tambor, damaged, departed from Wake Island area for repairs.
16 Apr 1942 USS Tambor sank Japanese freighter Kitami Maru 50 miles southeast of Kavieng, New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago.
5 Jun 1942 Japanese cruiser Kumano was leading a column of sister Mogami-class cruisers Suzuya, Mikuma, and Mogami withdrawing from Midway. Kumano spotted the surfaced American submarine USS Tambor and ordered an emergency 45-degree turn to starboard, but Mikuma mistakenly made a 90-degree turn. Mogami rammed Mikuma on the portside below the bridge crumpling 40-feet of Mogami‚Äôs bow and piercing Mikuma‚Äôs fuel tanks, causing her to leak oil uncontrollably. This trailing oil slick led to Mikuma‚Äôs demise the following day.
7 Aug 1942 USS Tambor sank Japanese auxiliary net layer Shofuku Maru off Wotje, Marshall Islands.
21 Aug 1942 USS Tambor sank Japanese collier Shinsei Maru No. 6 off Ponape, Senyavin Islands, Caroline Islands.
10 Nov 1944 Submarines USS Silversides, USS Saury, USS Tambor, USS Trigger, USS Sterlet, USS Ronquil, and USS Burrfish departed Saipan as a designated task unit to sweep and destroy Japanese patrol boats between the Bonin Islands and Japan. The unit was commanded by Cdr Thomas "Burt" Klakring aboard Silversides.
15 Nov 1944 While conducting a sweep northward from the Bonin Islands, Wolfpack "Burt's Brooms" made up of submarines USS Silversides, USS Saury, USS Tambor, USS Trigger, USS Sterlet, USS Ronquil, and USS Burrfish open a four-day running gunfight with numerous Japanese patrol boats sinking two and damaging four, including two damaged so badly they see no further service during the war.




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Submarine Tambor (SS-198) Photo Gallery
USS Tambor, USS Ray, USS Greenling, USS Cero (barely visible), and USS Raton (barely visible) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 24 Feb 1945


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