Monday, November 11, 2019

Scamp (SS-277) Sunk On Eternal Patrol

SAT 11 NOV 1944
Aircraft from TG 38.1 (Rear Admiral Alfred E. Montgomery), TG 38.3 (Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman), TG 38.4 (Rear Admiral Ralph E. Davison) set upon Japanese convoy (fourth phase of TA Operation) as it enters Ormoc Bay, sinking destroyers Hamanami, Naganami, Shimakaze, and Wakatsuki; minesweeper W.30; army cargo ships Mikasa Maru, Seiho Maru, and Tensho Maru; and merchant cargo ship Taizan Maru (ex-St. Quentin), 10°50'N, 124°35'E.

TG 30.2 (Rear Admiral Allan E. Smith) (three heavy cruisers and five destroyers) bombards airfields and other Japanese shore installations on Iwo Jima; shelling commences shortly before midnight and continues into 12 November. PB4Ys screen the group's approach, spot gunfire, and cover the retirement.

U.S. submarines begin series of attacks on Japanese convoy MOMA-07 (see 12-14 November 1944); Queenfish (SS-393) damages transport Miho Maru off Miike harbor, 32°20'N, 128°00'E.

Submarine Scamp (SS-277) is sunk, probably by Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.4 and naval aircraft off Tokyo Bay, 33°38'N, 141°00'E.

Japanese minesweeper W.22 is sunk by mine off Babelthuap, Palau.

U.S. freighter Lee S. Overman is mined off Le Havre, France; outside of one merchant sailor injured, there are no casualties among the 39-man civilian complement and the 27-man Armed Guard. The ship is later written off as a total loss.

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