May 31, 1944 – This Day During World War ll – Japanese submarine RO-105 is sunk by Destroyer Escort England (DE-635)

May 31, 1944 – Operations against the Japanese NA line continue: destroyer escort England (DE-635), assisted by destroyers McCord (DD-534) and Hazelwood (DD-531) and destroyer escorts George (DE-697), Raby (DE-698), and Spangler (DE-696), sink submarine RO-105 200 miles north-northwest of Kavieng,
IJN Submarine RO-105 19 November 1941:Kobe. Laid down at Kawasaki Jukogyo K.K. as a 525-ton (standard) Kaisho (KS) Type submarine No. 215.
18 May 1944: The American Navy intercepts a signal that indicates the Japanese have established a new submarine picket NA line between Truk and the Admiralty Islands to intercept American carriers. LtCdr Walton B. Pendelton’s USS England (DE-635) departs Purvis Bay, off Florida Island, Solomons with LtCdr James Scott’s USS Raby (DE-698) and LtCdr Fred W. Just’s George (DE-697) as a hunter-killer group to attack the NA line.
27 May 1944: After sinking six submarines in the past week, England, RABY and George put into Seeadler Harbor at Manus Island to refuel and replenish their supply of ahead-thrown Mark 10 “Hedgehog” projector charges from USS Spangler (DE-696). Escort carrier USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75), Cdr V. P. Douw’s Hazelwood (DD-531) and Cdr W. T. Kenny’s McCord (DD-534) join the hunter-killer group.
30 May 1944: N of the Admiralty Islands. At 0144, Hazelwood makes a radar contact at 15,000 yds. At 0153, the contact – a submarine – dives, but Hazelwood soon makes sonar contact and attacks with depth charges. At 0435, Raby and George relieves Hazelwood and make several “Hedgehog” attacks. George seems to get three hits, but does not sink the radically maneuvering submarine.
31 May 1944: At 0500, Spangler and England arrive. Spangler fires a salvo of “Hedgehogs”; all miss. At 0729, England makes sonar contact. LtCdr Pendelton fires a salvo of 24 “Hedgehogs”. Their explosions are followed by a shattering underwater blast that kills RO-105 at 00-47N, 149-56E. She is the sixth submarine sunk by England in 13 days.
About two hours after the explosion oil begins to surface within 500 yds of the attack position. Several pieces of deck planking are recovered, as well as three cork stoppers, a bar of soap and a piece of split reed, containing powder.

IJN Submarine RO-105

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