Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kiska Clusterfuck

MON 27 JUL 1942
Army-Navy Petroleum Board is established.

TF 8 approaches Kiska to bombard Japanese positions but limited surface visibility results in the operation being postponed. During the retirement, however, high speed minesweeper Lamberton (DMS-2) accidentally rams high speed minesweeper Chandler (DMS-9). While investigating that collision, destroyer Monaghan (DD-354) and high speed minesweeper Lamberton (DMS-12) collide; both of those ships suffer damage as well.

Light cruiser Boise (CL-47) departs Pearl Harbor to proceed, via Midway, toward the Japanese home islands to emit enough radio traffic to create the impression of an approaching American task force, as well as to locate and destroy small patrol vessels operating off Honshu.

USAAF B-26s damage Japanese transport Kotoku Maru off Buna, New Guinea (see 8 August).

Submarine Spearfish (SS-190) damages Japanese submarine depot ship Rio de Janeiro Maru 95 miles east of Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina, 11°28'N, 110°52'E.

Dutch submarine O-23 damages Japanese coaster No.2 Shofuku Maru south of Penang, Malaya, 05°07'N, 98°50'E.

U.S. freighter Stella Lykes is torpedoed and shelled by German submarine U-582 off the west coast of Africa at 06°46'N, 24°55'W, and abandoned with no casualties. U-582 takes two POWs, provides the Americans with cigarettes and medical supplies, and then scuttles her quarry with demolition charges before departing (see 6 August).

Gulf of Mexico
German submarine U-166 completes mining the waters off the Mississippi River Passes.

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