Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Submarine Pickerel (SS-177) Sunk

SAT 3 APR 1943
Submarine Haddock (SS-231) sinks Japanese fleet tanker Arima Maru north of Palau, 10°26'N, 135°00'E.

Submarine Pickerel (SS-177) sinks Japanese submarine chaser Ch 13 southeast of Shiriyasaki, Japan, 40°03'N, 141°58'E, but is afterwards sunk by minelayer Shirakami and auxiliary subchaser Bunzan Maru off northern Honshu.

USAAF B-17s (5th Air Force) sink Japanese transport Florida Maru in Kavieng harbor, 02°35'S, 150°49'E. B-17s and B-24s damage heavy cruiser Aoba and destroyer Fumizuki off Kavieng.

Japanese destroyer Kazagumo is damaged by mine, Kahili Bay, Bougainville.

German submarine U-155 torpedoes and sinks U.S. tanker Gulfstate off Key West, Florida, 24°22'N, 80°27'W. USCG plane rescues three survivors, district patrol craft YP-351 15; 34 merchant seamen and 9 Armed Guard sailors perish with the ship.

British destroyer HMS Shikari rescues seven survivors (five merchant seamen and two Armed Guard sailors) from U.S. freighter William Pierce Frye, sunk by German submarine U-160 on 29 March. Thirty-five merchant seamen have perished, as have 22 of the 24-man Armed Guard.

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