Skip to comments.Missing U.S. WW II sub found by film crew
Posted on 03/30/2010 10:42:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Toronto television production company says it has located the wreckage of a missing U.S. submarine that was sunk in 1944 in the South China Sea.
In a news release, yap films said the U.S. Navy had confirmed the wreck they found was the World War II submarine USS Flier (SS 25) that sank and was lost since Aug. 13, 1944.
The Flier was a 1,525-ton Gato class submarine built at Groton, Conn., and went into service in October 1943. Of the 86 men aboard when the vessel hit a mine, 14 escaped, but only eight survived the swim to Palawan in the Philippines.
The sub was found at a depth of 330 feet by the father and son dive team of Mike and Warren Fletcher, who star in the "Dive Detectives" series that airs on The History Channel in Canada and the National Geographic channel elsewhere.
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How does anyone escape from a submerged sub that’s hit a mine?
Off Palawan, Philippines? Been there. Mostly the region is a diver’s paradise. I heard stories from the locals where the japanese would hide out when McArthur returned and they dug into the beaches.
Probably it was near the surface, and came up allowing some to escape from the conning tower, or else split open and some floated to the surface.
Thats a better photo
My Grandfather [USNA Class of ‘23] was stationed on the S-51, which sunk off of Block Island in 1925 after colliding with a commercial ship “City Of Rome”. It sank in minutes.
However, by sheer luck, he was not on the duty roster that night [they had rotating duty rosters selected each day alphabetically] - having missed the cut by four names.
Anyway, about five sailors got out - of which only three survived.
God rest those brave men who gave their all for us.
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Be interesting to know the story of who & why the woman is in this picture.
I did work on the Sculpin as it was being commissioned at Pascagoula, MS. in the early 60’s. Ingalls built the Barb, Dace, Snook and Sculpin in those heady days of the shipyard in Pascagoula.
SC—for your info and file.
It was on the surface.
The recovery of bodies, ships and planes is very sad for me. I was in elementary school during WWII and the men of those days are very real.
I’m taking a wild guess...and saying that woman in the pic isn’t part of the crew.
Yes, the one Ingalls built was the second Sculpin.
She was probably the ships’ torpedo polisher.
Wiki data on the USS Flier:
It was fascinating to wander up the mold loft. The entire ship is built in plywood with the pieces used to cut the steel for the actual fabrication of the ship. No computers in those days. It was all done by hand. My father was a Navy hull inspector so I got some insight into what was going on as they were being built.
The fun time was once they were in wet dock and being outfitted, especially as they neared sea trials. Hard to believe how big and complicated they were, even in those days, to an 18-year-old kid!
I would love to have that job today! The place was crawling with the engineers that were responsible for all the work being done, an a lot of the crew would be on hand as the work went along. They were a wealth of interesting information on things like metallurgy and what made stainless steel stainless.
Thanks exit82.The Flier was a 1,525-ton Gato class submarine built at Groton, Conn., and went into service in October 1943. Of the 86 men aboard when the vessel hit a mine, 14 escaped, but only eight survived the swim to Palawan in the Philippines.Wow, those were eight men who die hard.
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WWII Submarine semi-related comment...
My father-in-law, a Submariner aboard USS TINOSA (SS-238) passed away monday evening at the age of 90.