May 25, 1944 – This Day During World War ll – Submarine Flying Fish (SS-229) attacks Japanese convoy

May 25, 1944 – Submarine Flying Fish (SS-229) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking Japanese passenger/cargo ship Osaka Maru and troop transport Taito Maru north of Palau
24 May 1944: NW Yap Island (Yappu-To), Carolines. Nightime. LtCdr (later Captain) Robert D. Risser’s (USNA ‘34) USS Flying Fish (SS-229) intercepts the convoy. At 2217 Risser attacks Osaka Maru but score no hits. During the night, USS Flying Fish continues to track the convoy.
25 May 1944: About 200 nms NW Yap. Risser attacks again the convoy. At 0920, USS Flying Fish torpedoes hits Osaka Maru starboard in hold No.1 and in the engine room, at 11-12N, 135-14E. Osaka Maru goes dead in the water and is later abandoned by her crew, sinking at 1422 with the loss of 97 of her 824 passengers.
At 0921, Taito Maru is also hit in the same attack. Her cargo of aviation gasoline erupts and she sinks at 0925, at the same position, taking with her 18 of her crew and passengers.

Japanese passenger/cargo ship Osaka Maru

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