Sunday, July 5, 2020

Lizardfish & Puffer Bombard Bali

THU 5 JUL 1945
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur announces the liberation of the Philippines.

TF 39 (Rear Admiral Alexander Sharp) composed of 7 light minelayers (DM), 52 minesweepers (AM), 6 high speed minesweepers (DMS), 49 motor minesweepers (YMS) and 7 netlayers, begins minesweeping operations in the East China Sea.

Destroyer Smith (DD-378) is accidentally damaged by depth charge off Balikpapan, Borneo, 01°00'S, 117°00'E.

Submarine Barb (SS-220) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship No.11 Sapporo Maru outside Odomari harbor, southwest of Sakhalin, 46°04'N, 142°14'E.

Submarines Lizardfish (SS-373) and Puffer (SS-268) bombard Japanese port facilities and shipping at Chelukan Buwang, on north coast of Bali; Lizardfish sinks auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 37 and No.153 Shuttle Vessel, in addition to barges and landing craft, 08°10'S, 114°50'E. Fires started by the shelling destroys small cargo vessel Hino Maru. Puffer destroys cargo vessels Heiyo Maru and Nihon Maru in Bulelong Roads, 08°04'S, 115°05'E.

Mines sink Japanese transport Toyokawa Maru near Mutsure Jima, 33°56'N, 130°53'E, and merchant tanker No.1 Tosei Maru, 1.7 kilometers off Niigata harbor, and damage merchant cargo ships Miurasan Maru at 34°47'N, 128°49'E, Enho Maru at 33°29'N, 130°15'E, and Take Maru near Moji, Japan.

Japanese landing ship T.147 is damaged by aircraft off Hachijo Jima.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Awa Maru is damaged by aircraft, 20 miles off Katsuura light.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Hirano Maru is damaged by aircraft, 41°11'N, 140°04'E.

USAAF planes sink Japanese cargo vessel Tone Maru at 03°20'S, 114°35'E.

Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.95 is damaged by marine casualty, Tsurumi harbor.

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