Lot's of SS's, Thank God for bulk loader. Took almost 45 minutes to DL these..why I ate , so hope you enjoy it.
I had just led a terrible patrol into the SOJ, where we were bombed in shallow water and damaged. I decide to head home, but get a report of a large convoy coming through my favorite hunting ground..Formosa.
At 34% damage, plenty of torps I go in. Planes are just terrible, showing large groups of 8 planes with radar. Convoy hugging the coast. Mostly M18's, but I think I'll take a long range shot at 3000 yards. Sea's are calm, depth about 200 ft. Take a radar sweep and detect planes and go back down to 100ft..BOOM, I get hit. Damage reports coming in from all compartments. Men are wounded and dead. (Cussing Ducimas considerably)
I forget the attack and far enough to get away from the dd's, but I'm sinking and must come up. Get hit by another plane as I start to surface, My three top gunners, all Officers are killed, Lt. Wernher, Ensign nohunt and Lt. Tambor. Boat over 70% damage. Lucky we make it through one more attack and darkness comes. We limp home to Subic Bay.
I get many "detecting radars", thinking no big deal, lot's of US planes about I'm sure. About 20 miles from Subic I get a "Planes Spotted." WTF, Jap planes are attacking Subic in mass. I dive, but still going down, blow tanks and surface. Radar shows large plane groups over Subic attacking. Count 24 planes in the first group, but the attack went on from dusk until almost 10PM. We didn't expect, nor did we need this a few miles from home. Don't recall japs pulling this off in real life, so will have to search it later.
Bomb hitting starboard as one plane is downed.
Jap commits suicide, hits ship and see the plane going under
Like the plane shadow.....
Sun is setting over the mountain on one side, full moon coming up on the other. I rush into Subic, wanting cover of the ships.."yea, I could've docked, but didn't want to miss the action". Got in several fights with planes, but got through.
PT boat coming to our aid, plane in background attacking. PT boat even shot one plane down later.
US ships opening fire
I enter the bay as ships search and fight it out with jap planes
Wounded and dying on deck, praying to set feet on dry ground.
Pull away from the dd's near shore to let out the wounded...The dead are frozen in cold storage. We sell them to some locals, guess for fish bait.
I'm too ashamed to say what happened next, but it wasn't fair.............
Got about 50 more, but that should be enough to overwhelm ya and got to save a few of the better ones for the next SS contest.