Batfish: The Champion "Submarine-Killer" Submarine of World War II

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Over her seven war patrols, the U.S.S. Batfish earned nine battle stars, sank fourteen enemy ships, conducted several surface attacks, and rescued downed bomber pilots from the East China Sea - all fairly typical for an American submarine in enemy waters during WWII, but on her sixty war patrol, Batfish made history. In February 1945, only four Japanese submarines remained in Philippine waters. Batfish encountered three of them and sank them in as many days - something that has never been done before or since. Now, Hughston E. Lowder, who served aboard Batfish from the beginning, and writer Jack Scott have reconstructed this unique submarine's dramatic career. From her original captain's logs, from declassified naval records here and in Japan, and from exhaustive interviews with her surviving officers and crew emerges the day-to-day account of U.S.S. Batfish - from her keel-laying in Portsmouth to her final berth in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where she is today, open to the public as a War Memorial. Batfish reminds anyone who served aboard a sub (and teaches a new generation)_ what it was like to live inside "the most unnatural, claustrophobic convenience ever devised." Here, too, are all the details of its WWII years of service. .....and the breathless wait for V-J Day. But Batfish's story did not end with the war. Lowder and Scott document how imagination won out over bureaucratic wrangling to bring the decommissioned Batfish up the Arkansas to her final berth in Muskogee, where she remains today. Illustrated with vintage photographs.

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