Sunday, June 18, 2017

Seattle Spirit Scuttled

THU 18 JUN 1942
USAAF B-17s, B-24s, and an LB-30 (11th Air Force) bomb Japanese shipping in Kiska harbor, sinking fleet tanker Nissan Maru, 51°58'N, 177°40'E.

Japanese cargo ship Tairyu Maru is stranded and wrecked off Gyoji Island, Korea, 34°33'N, 125°53'E.

U.S. freighter Seattle Spirit is torpedoed by German submarine U-124 at 50°23'N, 42°25'W; four merchant seamen perish in the attack. Survivors (33 merchant sailors, the 11-man Armed Guard and seven passengers) are rescued by steamship Perth and Canadian corvette HMCS Agassiz. Agassiz scuttles the irreparably damaged merchantman with gunfire.

Cuban boats rescue survivors of U.S. freighter Millinocket, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-129 the previous day.

Naval Air Facility, La Fe, Cuba, is established.


Weird Dave said...

I did not know wat an LB-30 was.

M. Bouffant said...

Mind Going Fast Editor:
I didn't know either, so I looked it up too. Then, when I saw it, I remembered I'd looked it up before, but had already forgotten.