November 16 This Day During World War ll

November 16, 1943 – The US submarine Corvina was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-176 off Truk, Caroline Islands. USS Corvina (SS-226), a Gato-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the corvina, any of various important food fishes related to the weakfish and the croaker of the Atlantic coast. Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut on 21 September 1942. She was launched on 9 May 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. R. W. Christie), and commissioned on 6 August 1943 with Commander Roderick S. Rooney (Class of 1929) in command. Clearing New London, Connecticut, on 18 September 1943, Corvina arrived at Pearl Harbor on 14 October. She put out from Pearl Harbor on her maiden war patrol 4 November, topped off her fuel tanks at Johnston Island two days later, and was never heard from again. Her assignment had been a dangerous one: to patrol as closely as possible to the heavily-guarded stronghold of Truk and to intercept any Japanese sortie endangering the forthcoming American invasion of the Gilbert Islands. Japanese records report that Japanese submarine I-176 reported that the vessel had “Received direct torpedo hit en route to Truk, no damage”. It had presumably been attacked by an American submarine but had escaped damage, most likely due to a defective torpedo, the probable attacker, USS Corvina. The I-176’s log recorded that it had launched three torpedoes at an enemy submarine south of Truk 16 November, claiming two hits which resulted in the explosion of the target. If this was Corvina, she was the only American submarine to be sunk by a Japanese submarine in the entire war. The loss of the Corvina with her crew of 82 was not announced until March 14, 1944; she was the only American submarine to be sunk by a Japanese submarine in the entire war.


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