The USS Swordfish
The World War II Patrols of the First American Submarine to Sink a Japanese Ship
About the Book
Among the more than 260 American submarines that patrolled the Pacific during World War II, the USS Swordfish in 1941 was the first to sink a Japanese armed merchant ship, marking the beginning of the submarine’s colorful history.
A series of seven commanders led Swordfish’s 13 war patrols. Each skipper had a distinct leadership style. Some were successful in sinking enemy ships; others returned to port empty-handed. Yet all patrols risked dangerously close encounters with the enemy and the unforgiving nature of the open sea.
Drawing on archival sources and interviews with veteran sailors, this first full-length history of the Swordfish provides detailed accounts of each patrol and covers the mysterious disappearance of the legendary submarine on its final mission.
About the Author(s)
George J. Billy
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, maps, appendices, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
Table of Contents
1. Chester Smith: The Quiet Hunter
2. Special Missions
3. Chester Smith Creates a Legend
4. Competing with a Legend
5. Hensel’s Finest Hour
6. New Commander—Old Submarine
7. The Thirteenth Patrol
Appendix A: USS Appendix B: USS (SS-193) Crew List of the Thirteenth Patrol
Appendix C: USS —Ships Sunk or Damaged
Appendix D: U.S. Submarines SS 188–193—
Compartments and Tanks