The USS Swordfish
The World War II Patrols of the First American Submarine to Sink a Japanese Ship
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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 sub’s colorful history.
A series of seven commanders led Swordfish’s 13 war patrols. Each skipper had 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 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: ca. 30 photos, maps, appendices, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019