Bowfin

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-287

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11 Mar 1944 US submarine Bowfin (SS-287) sank the Japanese army cargo ship Tsukikawa Maru, off Halmahera Island in Dutch East Indies, hitting her with all four of four torpedoes fired. Bowfin continued to attack the Asaka Maru, which had arrived to rescue Tsukikawa Maru's survivors, with four torpedoes, all of which missed. The Japanese minelayer Wakatake and army aircraft carried out ineffective counterattacks on the American submarine.
22 Aug 1944 American submarine USS Bowfin attacked Japanese convoy Namo 103 and sank passenger ship Tsushima Maru near the island of Akusekijima. 2,251 aboard were killed, including 767 children; most of those killed were civilian evacuees from Okinawa.

Photographs

Group portrait of the crew of USS Bowfin, 1942; note commanding officer Cdr Joseph H. Willingham, Jr. in front row 8th from leftUS Navy submariner, 1943-1945; he was likely a crewmember of USS Billfish, USS Bowfin, or USS BurrfishUS Navy submariners, 1943-1945; they were likely crewmembers of USS Billfish, USS Bowfin, or USS BurrfishUS Navy submariners, 1943-1945; they were likely crewmembers of USS Billfish, USS Bowfin, or USS Burrfish
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Group portrait of the crew of USS Bowfin, 1942; note commanding officer Cdr Joseph H. Willingham, Jr. in front row 8th from left
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