Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Mysteries Of The Lost Lighter &
The Ghost Submarine
SAT 30 JUN 1945This is odd, as the Lagarto is alleged to have been sunk 3 May 1945.
Naval vessels on hand (all types)--67,952. Personnel: Navy--3,383,196; Marine Corps--476,709; Coast Guard--171,192. Total personnel--4,031,097.
Open lighter YC-1272, beached on south side of Cerritos Channel, San Pedro, California, is lost during June (date indeterminate).
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in fields off the south central coast.
Off Balikpapan, Borneo, destroyer Smith (DD-378) is damaged by shore battery, 01°17'S, 116°53'E; minesweeper YMS-314 by mine, 01°18'S, 116°51'E.
Submarines Baya (SS-318) and Capitaine (SS-336) attack Japanese Makassar-to-Surabaya convoy MASU-705, engaging the escorting submarine chaser Ch 5 and sinking cargo vessel Bandai Maru, 06°27'S, 117°13'E.
Japanese army cargo ship Hokushin Maru is lost to unknown cause in South China Sea, about 15°00'N, 115°00'E.*
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.1 Ryuho Maru is sunk by aircraft, 35°01'N, 140°10'E.
Mines damage Japanese escort destroyer Nara, six miles west-southwest of Shimonoseki, Japan, 33°54'N, 130°49'E, Coast Defense Vessel No.154, 2.8 kilometers off Hesaki light, and merchant cargo ships Chikuma Maru, 15 kilometers off Himejima, Taruyasu Maru, 37°07'N, 137°04'E, and Taisei Maru, 35°00'N, 133°00'E.
Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.215 is damaged 2.8 kilometers off Iwasaki.
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.1 Taiyu Maru is damaged by aircraft, Moji harbor.
Open lighter YC-1272, beached on south side of Cerritos Channel, San Pedro, California, is lost during June (date indeterminate).
*Probable agent of destruction is submarine Lagarto which is assigned to patrol the South China Sea at that time. Lagarto does not return from her war patrol.
My Landlord Is Threatening To Evict Me During A Health And Economic Crisis. What Do I Do?
by M. Bouffant at 13:42
KILL THE FUCKING PIG LANDLORD IS WHAT YOU DO!
String up the fucking parasites & sterilize their pig children before they grow up to be Donald Trump!
Monday, June 29, 2020
"Luck Running Out":
How Long Until The Big One?
New York Times:
‘Our Luck May Have Run Out’: California's Case Count Explodes — Los Angeles County, which has been averaging more than 2,000 new cases each day, surpassed 100,000 total cases on Monday. — SACRAMENTO — Only a few weeks ago, thousands of Southern Californians were flocking to beaches, Disneyland was announcing it would soon reopen and Whoopi Goldberg was lauding Gov. Gavin Newsom on “The View” for the state’s progress in combating the coronavirus. The worst, many in California thought, was behind them.
In fact, an alarming surge in cases up and down the state was only just beginning.
Over the past week California’s case count has exploded, surpassing 200,000 known infections, and forcing Mr. Newsom to roll back the state’s reopening in some counties. On Monday, he said the number of people hospitalized in California had risen 43 percent over the past two weeks.
Los Angeles County, which has been averaging more than 2,000 new cases each day, surpassed 100,000 total cases on Monday, with the virus actively infecting one in every 140 people, according to local health officials. More than 2,800 cases were announced in the county on Monday, the most of any day during the pandemic.
Same Stuff, Different Day
FRI 29 JUN 1945
Twenty-five USAAF B-29s (20th Air Force) mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Maizuru and Sakata, Japan. Mines laid by B-29s in these and previous plants sink merchant cargo ship Kyokuto Maru off Mutsure, and damage naval vessel Soshu Maru two kilometers off Tsuruga light, 35°41'N, 136°05'E, merchant cargo ships Akizuki Maru in Tsuruga harbor and 1 Nichiyu Maru at 34°04'N, 130°52'E, and Hiyoriyama Maru outside Sakai harbor.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in fields off Gyuji-To, Jobai-To, and Toso-To.
Nothing Stopping It Now:
"Way Too Much Virus"
by M. Bouffant at 19:18
Après Nous, Le Déluge!
So long, suckers! We'd like to say it's been a pleasure, but we can't bring ourself to lie like that.William Feuer / CNBC:
CDC says U.S. has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic as cases surge across country — The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to get it under control as some other countries have, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.
The U.S. has set records for daily new infections in recent days as outbreaks surge mostly across the South and West. The recent spike in new cases has outpaced daily infections in April when the virus rocked Washington state and the northeast, and when public officials thought the outbreak was hitting its peak in the U.S.
“We’re not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control,” she said in an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dr. Howard Bauchner. “We have way too much virus across the country for that right now, so it’s very discouraging.”
“This is really the beginning,” Schuchat said of the U.S.’s recent surge in new cases. “I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, hey it’s summer. Everything’s going to be fine. We’re over this and we are not even beginning to be over this. There are a lot of worrisome factors about the last week or so.”
“What we have in the United States, it’s hard to describe because it’s so many different outbreaks,” Schuchat said. “There was a wave of incredible acceleration, intense interventions and control measures that have brought things down to a much lower level of circulation in the New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey area. But in much of the rest of the country, there’s still a lot of virus. And in lots of places, there’s more virus circulating than there was.”
The coronavirus has proven to be the kind of virus that Schuchat and her colleagues always feared would emerge, she said. She added that it spreads easily, no one appears to have immunity to it and it’s in fact “stealthier than we were expecting.”
“While you plan for it, you think about it, you have that human denial that it’s really going to happen on your watch, but it’s happening,” she said. “As much as we’ve studied [the 1918 flu pandemic], I think what we’re experiencing as a global community is really bad and it’s similar to that 1918 transformational experience.”
With the current level of spread, Schuchat said the U.S. public should “expect this virus to continue to circulate.” She added that people can help to curb the spread of infection by practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands, but no one should count on any kind of relief to stop the virus until there’s a vaccine.
“We can affect it, but in terms of the weather or the season helping us, I don’t think we can count on that,” she said.
Nature Wants You Dead
by M. Bouffant at 15:03
Michelle Roberts / BBC:Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China — A new strain of flu that has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. — It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. — The researchers are concerned …Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Bob Brigham / Raw Story: Novel swine flu discovered in China — and it has potential to create a second pandemic: report
L.A. County issues dire warning amid ‘alarming increases’ in coronavirus cases — Los Angeles County health officials issued a dire warning Monday that conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic are deteriorating rapidly and the highly contagious virus is spreading swiftly in the nation's most populous county.
Monday Morning Musicale
by M. Bouffant at 04:13
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Unsuccessful Kaiten Attack
THU 28 JUN 1945
Japanese submarine I 36 carries out unsuccessful kaiten attack on general issues stores ship Antares (AKS-3) southeast of the Marianas, 13°10'N, 154°57'E; destroyer Sproston (DD-577) comes to Antares's aid, sinking one kaiten and damaging I 36, 12°50'N, 154°50'E.
Off Balikpapan, Borneo, motor minesweeper YMS-47 is damaged by mine, 01°19'S, 116°55'E; motor minesweeper YMS-49 is damaged by shore battery, 01°00'S, 117°00'E.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago in a repeat of mission the previous day, sowing mines in fields off Chin-To and northwest of Roka-To. Although fighter opposition materializes to this mission, the Privateers "after considerable sparring" drive off the enemy without loss.
Mines sink Japanese merchant cargo ship Daikokusan Maru (off Moji, Japan) and damage cable ship Osei Maru (three kilometers southeast of Jizozaki) and merchant cargo ship Yahiko Maru (34°21'N, 130°56'E).
Japanese naval vessel Toyokawa Maru is damaged by marine casualty 450 meters southeast of Hikoshima.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
WED 27 JUN 1945
Twenty-nine USAAF B-29s mine the waters off Hagi, Niigata, Kobe, and Osaka, Japan.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in fields off Chin-To and northwest of Roka-To.
Destroyer Caldwell (DD-605) is damaged by mine in Brunei Bay, Borneo, 05°07'N, 115°06'E.
Submarine Blueback (SS-326) sinks Japanese submarine chaser Ch 2 north of Lombok, Java Sea, 07°25'S, 116°00'E.
Japanese submarine I 165 is sunk by naval land-based aircraft (VPB 142), 450 miles east of Saipan, Marianas, 15°28'N, 153°39'E.
Japanese auxiliary minelayer Kyushu Maru is sunk by U.S. aircraft east of Otsu, Japan.
Mines sink Japanese merchant cargo ships Mifuku Maru outside Nanao harbor, 37°06'N, 137°02'E, and No.7 Kaishin Maru off Mutsure, Japan, and damage escort destroyer Sakito, 34°13'N, 126°36'E, army cargo ship Maoka Maru, .3 kilometers off Niigata light, and merchant cargo ships Yuzuki Maru off Moji, and Mifunesan Maru off Harima-Nada.
Japanese army cargo ship Hozu Maru is sunk by aircraft, near Rabaul, New Britain.
Japanese submarine chaser Ch 19 is damaged by aircraft, south of Korea; merchant cargo ship Keisei Maru is damaged by aircraft, near Mokpo, Korea.
Navy land-based aircraft damage Japanese cargo vessel Keijo Maru, 34°19'N, 126°27'E.
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.7 Nichiyu Maru is damaged by marine casualty, 36°53'N, 129°26'E.
Friday, June 26, 2020
TUE 26 JUN 1945
Naval task group (Captain Charles A. Buchanan) lands marines on Kume Jima, Ryukyus.
Underwater demolition teams at Balikpapan continue operations to clear obstacles, covered by close support unit (an element of TG 78.2) comprising 10 landing craft [LCS(L)], 8 rocket-equipped infantry landing craft [LCI(R)] and 6 infantry landing craft (gunboats) [LCI(G)].
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in waters north of Chin-To, and north of Iion-To and Gantai-To.
Destroyer escort Halloran (DE-305) is strafed by Japanese aircraft in Davao Gulf, P.I.
Off Balikpapan, Borneo, motor minesweeper YMS-39 is sunk by mine, 01°19'S, 116°49'E; motor minesweeper YMS-365, damaged by mine, 01°18'S, 116°50'E, is scuttled by U.S. forces.
Off Okinawa, small seaplane tender Suisun (AVP-53) is damaged when accidentally rammed by tank landing craft LCT-1407, 26°10'N, 127°19'E.
Destroyers Bearss (DD-654), John Hood (DD-655), Jarvis (DD-799), and Porter (DD-800) sink Japanese auxiliary submarine chasers Cha 73, Cha 206 and Cha 209, and guardboat No.2 Kusunoki Maru, and damage auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 198, south of Onekotan, Kurils, 49°40'N, 155°30'E.
Submarine Parche (SS-384), attacking Japanese convoy, sinks gunboat Kamitsu Maru and merchant cargo ship Eikan Maru seven miles off Todozaki, southern Honshu, 39°25'N, 142°04'E, but although damaged by depth charges, remains on patrol.
Japanese escort destroyer Enoki is sunk by mine, Obama Wan, Fukui, Japan, 35°28'N, 135°44'E.
Destroyer Hatsuume is damaged by mine off Maizuru.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Kisei Go is sunk by aircraft, 34°43'N, 127°15'E.
Japanese submarine I 162 is damaged by marine casualty off south coast of Korea.
Japanese naval vessel Bingo Maru is damaged by aircraft, East China Sea.
Japanese cargo ship Nadamitsu Maru is damaged by aircraft off Yodoe, Tottori prefecture.
Japanese cargo ship No.11 Shinsei Maru is damaged by marine casualty east of Kamoizaki.
Don't Know Much About Geography ...
by M. Bouffant at 14:40
... but things must be effed in Ill. if it takes three days for a less than three-lb. pkg. to wend its way across the state.
I do what I can to keep your filthy murdering economy going by charging plastic shit made by wage-slaves in China,
plus Shipping: U.S.P.S. Priority Mail®:$12.04, & this is what I get? More damn waiting? How much longer must I suffer?
I do what I can to keep your filthy murdering economy going by charging plastic shit made by wage-slaves in China,
plus Shipping: U.S.P.S. Priority Mail®:$12.04, & this is what I get? More damn waiting? How much longer must I suffer?
Thursday, June 25, 2020
70 Yrs. Ago
by M. Bouffant at 19:50
U.S.I.S. propaganda film, United Nations Aids Republic of Korea in Her Fight Against Aggression. (C-SPAN doesn't offer embedding. Fuck you, C-SPAN, this reporter pays a princely sum to Spectrum every damn month. Did 33,686 Americans die in the Korean Conflict so C-SPAN can hold out on us?)
No Surface Action
MON 25 JUN 1945
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in waters north of Chin-To. Upon completion of the mining operation, the Privateers strafe targets of opportunity that include lighthouses and Japanese shipping.
Twenty-six USAAF B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Tsuruga and Ohama, Japan. Mines sink Japanese merchant cargo ships Anri Go off Mutsure, and Kozan Maru off Wakamatsu; and damage escort destroyer Kuga in Fukagawa Bay.
Underwater demolition teams, covered by aircraft, begin operations on the beaches at Balikpapan, Borneo, in advance of landings slated to begin there.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Katori Maru is sunk by aircraft, 36°02'N, 129°25'E.
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.5 Ise Maru is sunk by aircraft, outside Sakito harbor.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Submarine H.M.S. Statesman
SUN 24 JUN 1945
Destroyer escort Neuendorf (DE-200) is damaged in collision, P.I., 10°41'N, 122°35'E.
Motor minesweeper YMS-339 is damaged, accidentally, by U.S. aircraft off Balikpapan, Borneo, 01°19'S, 116°52'E.
Submarine Tirante (SS-420) sinks Japanese merchant sailing junk No.284 Antung Maru, 38°36'N, 124°40'E.
British submarine HMS Statesman damages Japanese submarine depot ship Komahashi ;off northern Sumatra.
British submarine HMS Torbay sinks unnamed merchant coaster [motor sailboat] in Malacca Strait.
Mines sink Japanese merchant cargo ships Katsura Maru, 34°19'N, 133°35'E; No.8 Kenkon Maru, 2.4 kilometers off Mutsure light, and Tatsukaba Maru, at mouth of Karatsu Bay; and damage merchant cargo ships Tsurukawa Maru, 33°55'N, 131°05'E, and Unzen Maru, 35°33'N, 133°17'E.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa in a repeat of mission carried out the previous day, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in waters north of Iion-To and Gantai-To, and off Ninshi-To and Chi-To. The Privateers, upon completion of the mining operation, strafe targets of opportunity that include railroad facilities, airports and Japanese shipping, sinking merchant ship Pluto Go off Mokpo.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Wakamatsu Maru is damaged by aircraft, 33°47'N, 131°31'E.
Two Month High
by M. Bouffant at 15:09
Sez the WaPo:
ABC News adds:Across the United States, more than 36,000 new infections were reported by state health departments on Wednesday — surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25. Texas, Florida and California led the way, with all three states reporting more than 5,000 new cases apiece.
Even as case numbers climb, reports circulated that the federal government is poised to stop providing federal aid to testing sites in some hard-hit states, including Texas, prompting a top federal official to respond that testing was on the rise.
Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded more than 2.3 million coronavirus cases and at least 119,000 deaths, while the global number of cases has soared past 9 million.
Coronavirus updates: Up to 150K deaths possible by July 18, CDC says
The U.S. death toll currently stands at 121,870.
Weds. Wig-Out: "Texas"
by M. Bouffant at 14:36
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Mines & Minesweeper
SAT 23 JUN 1945
Twenty-six USAAF B-29s mine the waters off Karatsu, Fukuoka, Sakai, and Niigata, Japan.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in waters in channel north of Iion-To and Gantai-To, and off Ninshi-To and Chi-To.
Motor minesweeper YMS-364 is damaged by shore battery, Balikpapan, Borneo, 01°19'S, 116°52'E.
Submarine Hardhead (SS-365) sinks Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 42 in Java Sea, 05°44'S, 114°16'E, and after undergoing counterattack by auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 113, sinks Cha 113 and No. 833 Shuttle Boat, 05°45'S, 114°16'E.
Submarine Tirante (SS-420) sinks Japanese merchant sailing junk No.293 Antung Maru, 37°54'N, 125°34'E.
Mines sink Japanese merchant cargo ship Goshu Maru off Mutsure light, and damage merchant cargo ship Kocho Maru 1.5 kilometers off Takenoko light.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Shingishu Maru is damaged by aircraft off Pusan, Korea.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Fuck You In Your Lying Mouths, Coppers
Everything they say is a lie.Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
How conspiracy theories about the NYPD Shake Shack ‘poisoning’ blew up — The three cops at the center of the NYPD milkshake “poisoning” scandal never even got sick, and there wasn't the slightest whiff of criminality from the get-go — but that didn't stop gung-ho brass from rolling
Paul Waldman / Washington Post: Happy Hour Roundup
Dan Adler / Vanity Fair: The NYPD's Shake Shack Saga Was an Even Bigger Fraud Than We Realized
Charlie Nash / Mediaite: New York Post Reports NYPD Lied to Escalate Shake Shack Scandal — And That Officers Never Even Got Sick
TMZ.com: NYPD Brass Reportedly Made Up Shake Shack ‘Poisoned’ Milkshakes Theory
Ben Yakas / Gothamist: Officers Who Police Union Falsely Claimed Were “Poisoned” By Shake Shack Reportedly Never Had Symptoms
Eugene Volokh / Reason: Anatomy of Yet Another Hate Crime False Alarm
FRI 22 JUN 1945
High speed transport Barry (APD-29) (previously damaged twice by kamikazes) sinks as the result of damage received the previous day (see 24 May 1945 and 21 June).
Off Okinawa, kamikazes damage high speed minesweeper Ellyson (DMS-19), 26°04'N, 127°55'E; and tank landing ship LST-534, 26°18'N, 127°49'E; medium landing ship LSM-213 is damaged by operational casualty.
Motor minesweeper YMS-10 is damaged by shore battery, Balikpapan, Borneo, 01°18'S, 116°51'E.
USAAF B-29s (162 strong) bomb naval facility at Kure, Japan, destroying the incomplete submarines I 204 and I 352, and damaging escort destroyer Nire and submarine RO 67.*
Submarine Crevalle (SS-291) damages Japanese escort destroyer Kasado, 43°23'N, 139°47'E.
Submarine Parche (SS-384) sinks unnamed Japanese fishing boat, 42°08'N, 140°58'E.
Submarine Piranha (SS-389) damages Coast Defense Vessel No.196, 39°32'N, 142°11'E.
Mines laid by USAAF B-29s (20th Air Force) sink Japanese merchant cargo ships Yubu Maru in Kammon Channel, 34°00'N, 131°00'E, Tokasegawa Maru off Tsutura, in Kammon Channel, 33°55'N, 131°20'E, Taigen Maru near Kammon Channel, 34°00'N, 130°30'E, and Ungetsu Maru north of Mutsure, and damage transport Tatsumiya Maru one kilometer off Ganryu Jima Light.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in waters in channel between Hikin-To, Iion-To, and Gantai-To.
PBMs bomb lighthouse and Japanese shipping off south coast of Korea, 36°55'N, 125°47'E.
U.S. freighter Pierre Gibault, en route from Izmir, Turkey, to Oran, Algeria, is damaged by mine off Kythera Island 36°04'30"N, 26°06'30"E. Greek destroyer escort Themosticles takes off the wounded (seven Armed Guard sailors) and dead (two merchant sailors and two Armed Guards) soon thereafter. The ship, beached on 26 June 1945 off Kythera Island is subsequently written off as a total loss.
*162? Lotta aircraft to damage so few boats.
Truthful Tweet Of The Day
by M. Bouffant at 16:21
Please, please, please, please, humanoids, get The Plague & die. This planet can't support seven billion sub-human idiots any longer. P.S.: If you're warehoused & waiting to die in a nursing home, too bad your children hate you.— M. Bouffant (@MBouffant) June 22, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Okinawa Declared Secured
THU 21 JUN 1945
Okinawa is declared secured 82 days after the initial landings; Japanese air attacks on U.S. ships offshore, however, continue.
Kamikazes damage destroyer escort Halloran (DE-305), 26°00'N, 128°00'E, and sink medium landing ship LSM-59, while she is escorting fleet tug Lipan (ATF-85) and high speed transport Barry (APD-29). Barry (previously damaged by kamikaze on 24 May) and in tow of Lipan, is en route to Ie Shima (see 22 May 1945 and 22 June).* In addition, suicider planes damage seaplane tenders Curtiss (AV-4) and Kenneth Whiting (AV-14), 26°10'N, 127°18'E.
Twenty-seven USAAF B-29s mine the waters off Oura, Senzaki, Nanao, Fushiki and Osaka, Japan.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago, sowing mines in waters in channel between Hikin-To, Iion-To, and Gantai-To; one plane encounters antiaircraft fire from Japanese warship in vicinity. Waters north of Roka-To are mined again as well.
Landing craft repair ship Endymion (ARL-9) is damaged by Japanese submarine I 36 north of Truk, 12°41'N, 156°20'E.
Motor minesweeper YMS-335 is damaged by shore battery, Balikpapan, Borneo, 01°18'S, 116°50'E.
Submarine Parche (SS-384) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Hizen Maru, 41°19'N, 141°28'E.
Submarine Piranha (SS-389) damages Japanese merchant cargo ship Shirogane Maru, 39°28'N, 142°10'E.
*Barry, decommissioned that morning, sailed loaded with empty powder cases, shell cases, ammunition tanks and empty oil drums, being employed to a picket station off Okinawa as a decoy to "absorb several suiciders." The already-damaged submarine chaser PC-1603 was earmarked for the same purpose.
Fathers Day Fuck You
by M. Bouffant at 12:18
WHAT IS WRONG W/ YOU PEOPLE?Fuck you for abandoning me 10 days before my 16th birthday by trying to pass someone on a curve while driving drunk two days after your mother's funeral, "Dad". Fuck. You. To. Hell.
And fuck all my former friends for abandoning me to homelessness. What did I ever do to you? Let you party in my house? You pieces of shit, I will slit your fucking throats.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
You Tweet, I Deride
You have mental health issues if you think this proves anything.— M. Bouffant (@MBouffant) June 21, 2020
Device (AM-220) & Dour (AM-223) Damaged
WED 20 JUN 1945
TG 12.4, en route from Pearl Harbor to Leyte, attacks Wake Island; planes from carriers Hancock (CV-19) and Lexington (CV-16) and small carrier Cowpens (CVL-25) (Rear Admiral Ralph E. Jennings) bomb Japanese installations.
Tank landing ship LST-562 is damaged when accidentally rammed by tank landing craft LCT-1310, Brunei Bay, Borneo, 04°29'N, 114°01'E.
Minesweepers Device (AM-220) and Dour (AM-223) are damaged in collision off Okinawa, 26°00'N, 127°00'E.
Motor minesweeper YMS-368 is damaged by mine off Balikpapan, Borneo, 01°19'S, 116°58'E.
Tank landing ship LST-288 is damaged by operational casualty off Okinawa.
Submarine Kraken (SS-370) sinks Japanese auxiliary sailing vessel No.58 Tachibana Maru in Sunda Strait, off Merak, 05°56'S, 106°00'E.
Submarine Tinosa (SS-283), on patrol off the east coast of Korea, sinks Japanese army cargo ship Taito Maru, 36°04'N, 130°26'E, and merchant cargo ship Kaisei Maru, 35°39'N, 130°29'E.
Japanese merchant tanker Nanshin Maru is sunk by mine, possibly laid by submarine Ray (SS-271) on 22 February 1944, off Cape St. Jacques, French Indochina.
Mine sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Kenan Maru in north Kyushu channel, 33°59'N, 130°48'E, mines laid by USAAF B-29 (20th Air Force) sink merchant tanker No.1 Nanki Maru off Aki-Nada, 33°58'N, 131°01'E, and damage merchant cargo ships Nitto Maru 5.7 kilometers off Tateishi light, and Keizan Maru seven kilometers southeast of Motoyamazaki. Cargo ship Huashan Maru is sunk by B-29-laid mine near Fukuoka, Kyushu, 33°38'N, 130°22'E.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Kamome Maru is sunk by aircraft between Pusan, Korea, and Yosu.
USAAF B-24s (Fifth Air Force) on shipping sweep off coast of Korea sink cargo ship Keijo Maru off Mokpo, 34°47'N, 126°23'E.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118) continue aerial mining of waters of Korean archipelago in a repeat of the mission of the previous day, but on this occasion encounter heavy antiaircraft fire from Japanese warships in the vicinity.
by M. Bouffant at 14:43
Hot Time Comin'!
Friday, June 19, 2020
Calvin Coolidge Damaged By Mine
TUE 19 JUN 1945
Destroyer Dunlap (DD-384), while patrolling north of Chichi Jima, sinks Japanese luggers Gorgen Maru, Legaspi Maru, and cargo ship Kasidori Maru; the enemy vessels are en route to evacuate non-combatants from Chichi Jima to the Japanese home islands, and to take off supplies of gasoline.
Twenty-eight USAAF B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Niigata, Miyazu, and Maizuru, Japan.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118) continue aerial mining of waters in Korean archipelago, sowing mines in the waters north of Roka-To, in a repeat of the mission flown the previous day. On this occasion, however, all planes are damaged by antiaircraft fire when they strafe a ship encountered in the vicinity.
Submarine Bullhead (SS-332) sinks Japanese auxiliary sailing vessel No.57 Tachibana Maru in Sunda Strait, off Merak, 05°56'S, 106°00'E.
Submarine Cabezon (SS-334), attacking Japanese convoy beset by Apogon (SS-308) the previous day, sinks merchant cargo ship Zaosan Maru southwest of Paramushiro, Kurils, 50°39'N, 154°38'E.
Submarine Sea Dog (SS-401), attacking Japanese convoy off northwest coast of Hokkaido, sinks army cargo ship Kokai Maru and merchant cargo ship No.3 Shinhei Maru, and damages merchant vessel Naga Maru, 43°12'N, 140°19'E.
Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Koshun Maru is lost to marine casualty, 4.5 kilometers off Yura Saki, eastern Bungo Suido.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Hattenzan Maru is sunk by aircraft off Masan, Korea; freighter Heian Maru is damaged by marine casualty off Hunghae, 36°03'N, 129°35'E..
Japanese merchant tanker No.1 Nanki Maru s sunk by mine off Aki-Nada, in western part of the Inland Sea; guardboat No.3 Kaigyo Maru is damaged by mine 1.9 kilometers off He Saki, Japan.
U.S. freighter Calvin Coolidge, en route from Le Havre, France, to Boston, Massachusetts, is damaged by mine, 49°50'N, 04°57'W. There are no casualties to the 56 merchant crew, 31 Armed Guard sailors and 457 embarked troops.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Twofer: Artillery Fire & Coronary Thrombosis Kill Flag Officers
MON 18 JUN 1945
Battleship Nevada (BB-36) and two destroyers (Captain Homer L. Grosskopf), en route from Pearl Harbor to Saipan, bombard shore installations on Emidj Island, Jaluit Atoll, Marshalls, coordinated with bombing by land-based planes from U.S. bases in the Marshalls.
Lieutenant General Simon B. Buckner, USA, commander of the Tenth Army, is killed on Okinawa*; Major General Roy S. Geiger, USMC, assumes temporary command of the Tenth Army to direct its final combat operations on the island.
Rear Admiral Forrest B. Royal, Commander, Amphibious Group 6, dies on board amphibious force flagship Rocky Mount (AGC-3) of coronary thrombosis.
Motor minesweeper YMS-50, damaged by mine off Balikpapan, Borneo, 01°18'S, 116°49'E, is scuttled by light cruiser Denver (CL-58).
Submarine Apogon (SS-308), attacking Japanese convoy RU, sinks transport Hakuai Maru and guardboat No.2 Kusonoki Maru southwest of Paramushiro, Kurils, 50°30'N, 155°01'E (see 19 June).
Submarine Bonefish (SS-223), after conferring with Tunny (SS-282) at 37°02'N, 135°32'E, off western coast of Honshu, sinks Japanese cargo ship Konzan Maru, 37°13'N, 137°18'E. Bonefish, however, is later sunk† by escort destroyer Okinawa, Coast Defense Vessel No.63, Coast Defense Vessel No.75, Coast Defense Vessel No.158 and Coast Defense Vessel No.207 in Sea of Japan, 37°18'N, 137°55'E.
Submarine Bullhead (SS-332) sinks Japanese auxiliary sailing vessel No.58 Sakura Maru in Sunda Strait, off Merak, 05°35'S, 106°02'E.
Submarine Dentuda (SS-335) sinks Japanese guardboats Reiko Maru and Heiwa Maru in East China Sea, 30°45'N, 126°00'E.
Submarine Tinosa (SS-283) sinks Japanese ship Wakae Maru at 38°25'N, 128°34'E.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118) continue aerial mining of waters in Korean archipelago, sowing mines in the waters north of Roka-To.
Mines sink Japanese transport Shintai Maru west of Noto-Hanto, 36°50'N, 134°36'E, auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 197, 1.48 kilometers southwest of Mojizaki light, and merchant cargo ships Nissho Maru off Moji, and Bizan Maru at 33°58'N, 130°44'E, and damage naval vessel Shintai Maru at 36°59'N, 136°43'E.
Marine casualties damage Japanese merchant cargo ships No.1 Oshima Maru east of Tachang Shan Island, Shinko Maru one kilometer off Nisshin, and Hazuki Maru off Kuzuiwa.
Japanese Motor Gunboat No.54 is sunk by aircraft off Port Arthur.
*By enemy artillery fire, making him the highest-ranking United States military officer lost to enemy fire during World War II. Did not know his pappy was a traitor & then Gov. of Kain-tuck in a previous century.
†She is reported as overdue, presumed lost, on 30 July 1945.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
When Tankers Collide
SUN 17 JUN 1945
Twenty-seven USAAF B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Kobe, Japan.
Gasoline tanker Chestatee (AOG-49) is damaged in collision with U.S. tanker Sinclair Superflame off Luzon, 07°04'N, 122°06'E.
Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking Japanese auxiliary minelayer Eijo Maru off Matsuta Misaki, Hokkaido, 42°38'N, 139°49'E.
Submarine chaser PC-794 is damaged when she strikes an uncharted rock off Theodore Point, Otter Island Alaska, 52°45'10"N, 172°53'20"E.
Japanese cargo ship Kongo Maru is sunk by aircraft, north of Shumushu Island.
Japanese fast transport T.16 is damaged by aircraft, 15 miles off Oshima.
Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.46 is damaged by marine casualty north of Tsingtao, China.
Japanese naval vessel Bingo Maru is damaged by marine casualty, two kilometers off Paekyongdo.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Jintsugawa Maru is sunk by marine casualty off Najin, Korea.
FUCK THE POLICE! [UPDATED]
by M. Bouffant at 18:09
FUCK THE POLICE!And everybody else, you included.
I am so gawddam tired of your non-stop lying bullshit. Shut your fucking mouths or I'll get hold of a car & drive up & down the fucking sidewalks 'til you're all dead. And quiet for once.
UPDATE: Especially fuck these 10 turds:
And this mental case:
10 LAPD officers taken off street amid investigations into protest response
No one can truly comprehend the anxiety and oppression of a cop waiting for a #McMuffin. pic.twitter.com/OvupRNBEhE— Glem3 (@Glem3) June 17, 2020
Can't Wait Until You Get Sick & DIE!
by M. Bouffant at 14:28
I hope every one of you fucking morons dies painfully; you all deserve it.
Orange and Ventura counties see uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations amid reopening
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
United States Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River Established
SAT 16 JUN 1945
United States Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland is established.
Off Okinawa, destroyer Twiggs (DD-591) is sunk by aerial torpedo, 26°08'N, 137°35'E, and escort carrier Steamer Bay (CVE-87) is damaged by aircraft operational casualty, 24°00'N, 128°00'E.
Submarine Piranha (SS-389) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Eiso Maru, 41°57'N, 140°56'E.
British submarine HMS Taciturn sinks Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 105 and unnamed air warning picket hulk (ex-Dutch submarine K-XVIII) off Surabaya, Java, N.E.I.
Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Wakatake Maru is sunk by aircraft, Keelung harbor.
Japanese army cargo ship Taikyu Maru is sunk by mine west of the mouth of Kammon channel.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Takeshima Maru is sunk by aircraft, 34°35'N, 125°58'E.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Kinsho Maru is sunk, agent and location unspecified.
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.35 Banshu Maru is sunk by mine, 33°57'N, 130°43'E.
Japanese destroyer Natsuzuki is damaged 3.1 kilometers off Mutsure Island.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Mine Clearance Operations
FRI 15 JUN 1945
British TG 111.2 (Rear Admiral Eric J.P. Brind, RN), bombards Japanese installations, Truk Atoll.
Fifteen motor minesweepers (YMS), accompanied by the high-speed transport Cofer (APD-62) and landing craft equipped with light minesweeping gear, arrive off Balikpapan, Borneo, to begin mine clearance operations.
Thirty USAAF B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Fushiki, Fukuoka, and Karatsu, Japan.
Destroyer escort O'Flaherty (DE-340) is damaged in collision with escort carrier Block Island (CVE-106) off Okinawa, 26°00'N, 128°00'E.
Submarine Sea Dog (SS-401) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Koan Maru, 39°53'N, 139°40'E.
Japanese guardboats Gion Maru and Jinko Maru are sunk by U.S. aircraft, Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina.
Japanese freighter No.2 Tanshin Maru is sunk by marine casualty, near Malay peninsula.
USAAF B-24s (10th Air Force) attack Japanese convoy in Gulf of Siam, damaging destroyer Kamikaze and minesweeper W.4 and sinking merchant tanker Toho Maru off Samui Island 09°25'N, 99°54'E,
Japanese merchant cargo ship Heiryu Maru sinks after colliding with submerged wreck southwest of Shinshin Island Korea, 36°39'N, 126°07'E.
Japanese cargo vessel Junkawa Maru is sunk by mine, 04°41'S, 106°13'E.
Today In Drinking The Bleach
by M. Bouffant at 04:20
No idea what these weirdos are on (A powerful brain-dissolving solvent?) but I do know I want no part thereof.
He should be thinking avalanche.“By most conventional indicators, Donald Trump is in danger of becoming a one-term president. The economy is a wreck, the coronavirus persists, and his poll numbers have deteriorated,” Politico reports.
“But throughout the Republican Party’s vast organization in the states, the operational approach to Trump’s re-election campaign is hardening around a fundamentally different view. Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it.”
Said Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, N.C.: “The more bad things happen in the country, it just solidifies support for Trump. We’re calling him ‘Teflon Trump.’ Nothing’s going to stick, because if anything, it’s getting more exciting than it was in 2016. We’re thinking landslide.”
Sunday, June 14, 2020
H.M.S. Implacable, Ruler
THU 14 JUN 1945
British TG 111.2 (Rear Admiral Eric J.P. Brind, RN), comprising fleet carrier HMS Implacable, escort carrier HMS Ruler, four light cruisers and five destroyers, attacks Truk atoll to neutralize Japanese air bases there (see 15 June).
Motor gunboat PGM-24 is damaged when accidentally rammed by light minelayer Thomas E. Fraser (DM-24) off Okinawa, 25°30'N, 126°00'E.
Submarine Sea Devil (SS-400), despite presence of two escorts, sinks Japanese transport Wakamiyasan Maru in the northern Yellow Sea, 37°35'N, 123°30'E.
Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Seizan Maru off western Sakhalin, 47°03'N, 142°01'E.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, mine waters between Gyuji-To, Toso-To and Jobai-To, Korean Archipelago, encountering antiaircraft fire from nearby anchored shipping. The same waters are mined each day over the next three days, but the Privateers encounter no further antiaircraft fire on those occasions.
Mine laid by USAAF B-29s sinks Japanese army cargo ship No.18 Umajima Maru at 33°39'N, 130°15'E.
PB4Y bombs Japanese shipping off Bandjermasin, sinking No.470 Shuttle Vessel.
U.S. freighter Attleboro Victory, en route to Constanta, Romania, is damaged by mine in the Black Sea, 44°59'N, 30°54'E. There are no casualties to the ship's complement (which includes 12 Armed Guard sailors) and the ship is later repaired and returns to active service.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Whoops. Sorry, Ivan.
WED 13 JUN 1945
Large infantry landing craft LCI(L)-871, on routine patrol along the east coast of Urukthapel Island, Palaus, engages Japanese artillery and mortar batteries.
Twenty-nine USAAF B-29s (20th Air Force) mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Niigata, Japan. Mines laid in these and previous plants by B-29s sink merchant cargo ship Matsuo Maru, 3.4 kilometers south of Motoyama light, and Hiyoshi Maru and No.8 Nissho Maru off Hesaki light, 33°54'N, 131°07'E, Koryu Maru off Hesaki light, 33°55'N, 131°07'E, and damage escort destroyer Io, 1.7 kilometers southeast of Kannonzaki, and merchant cargo ships Kinyo Maru, Kyokenzaki, Kammon Strait, Kannon Maru (unspecified location), Hakujitsu Maru at 33°5837'N, 130°44'E, Takakurasan Maru at 37°07'N, 137°03'E, and 2 Kofuku Maru, 37°07'N, 137°03'E.
Off Okinawa, battleship Idaho (BB-42) is damaged by grounding, 26°14'N, 127°57'E.
Submarine Bergall (SS-320) is damaged by mine (U.S. or British proximity-fuzed) in Gulf of Siam, 11°45'N, 99°50'E, and is forced to terminate her patrol.
Submarine Bonefish (SS-223) sinks Japanese cargo ship Oshikasan Maru in Japan Sea, 38°30'N, 136°58'E.
Submarine Bowfin (SS-287) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Meiho Maru, 39°00'N, 128°05'E.
Submarine Skate (SS-305) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Hattenzan Maru, 37°20'N, 134°28'E.
Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) mistakenly sinks Russian cargo ship Transbalt, 45°44'N, 140°48'E.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Kaisho Maru is sunk by aircraft, 35°49'N, 126°23'E.
Mines laid by USAAF B-24s (14th Air Force) sink Japanese merchant cargo ship Koun Maru off Macao, 23°30'N, 113°30'E.
Friday, June 12, 2020
Own Shell Damage
TUES 12 JUN 1945
Off Okinawa, light cruiser Vicksburg (CL-86) is damaged when own shell bursts as it leaves muzzle, 26°10'N, 127°20'E.
Submarine Sea Dog (SS-401) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ships Shinsen Maru and Kaiwa Maru, 40°11'N, 139°46'E.
Submarine Skate (SS-305) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ships Yozan Maru, Kenjo Maru, and Zuiko Maru, and damages Kankyo Maru in Togi harbor, northern Honshu, 37°08'N, 136°42'E.
Submarine Spadefish (SS-411) sinks Japanese guardboat Daido Maru west of Wakkanai, Hokkaido, 45°08'N, 141°10'E.
Submarine Tinosa (SS-283) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Keito Maru, 37°30'N, 129°20'E.
Japanese submarine chaser Ch 57 and passenger ferry No.2 Kuroshio (ex-landing ship T.149) are sunk by British destroyers HMS Tartar, HMS Eskimo, and HMS Nubian* (10th Destroyer Flotilla), 20 miles north of Sabang, Sumatra, 06°20'N, 94°45'E, as the enemy is engaged in withdrawing his troops from the Andamans.
Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Myoken Maru is sunk by aircraft, Atsuta dockyard.
Okinawa-based PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), using radar, mine the waters off Chin-To, Korean Archipelago. The same waters are mined again the following day.
Mines laid by USAAF B-29s sink Japanese army cargo ship Aizan Maru in Hakata Bay, 33°38'N, 130°22'E, merchant cargo ships Sagami Maru, 25 miles off Kaburazaki, and Fumitsuki Maru off Shirasu, 33°57'N, 130°44'E, and liaison ship Shimonoseki Maru at 36°30'N, 130°19'E, and damage army tanker Yamadono Maru, 2.5 kilometers off Manabe Island.
*Of the famed "Ethnic" or "Wog" class of Limey destroyers.
Report From Outside World
by M. Bouffant at 19:04
Wish me luck; going out for supplies.
Resupplied & returned. Buses about as crowded as before. Traffic also as miserable. Hywd. Freeway bumper-to-bumper headed downtown. Masks on maybe 80% of people on streets.
Some L.A.C.M.T.A. buses have "BLM" on their signboards, wasn't quick enough to get pix.
Resupplied & returned. Buses about as crowded as before. Traffic also as miserable. Hywd. Freeway bumper-to-bumper headed downtown. Masks on maybe 80% of people on streets.
Some L.A.C.M.T.A. buses have "BLM" on their signboards, wasn't quick enough to get pix.
Today In Irony
by M. Bouffant at 13:13
From Frying Pan To Fire
[©2020 CalNews Inc.]
LAPD: Motorist Fleeing Site of Crash on 101 Freeway Dies in Crash in Westlake
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Close Call For Attacking Privateer
MON 11 JUN 1945
Off Okinawa, Japanese air attacks continue against ships on radar picket stations; large support landing craft LCS(L)(3)-122 is damaged when kamikaze crashes near her conning tower. Her commanding officer, Lieutenant Richard M. McCool, Jr., although wounded at the outset, releases men trapped in a burning compartment, suffering further injuries in so doing. For his courageously saving the lives of his men and inspiring his crew to save their ship, in addition to his actions the previous day in rescuing survivors of kamikazed destroyer William D. Porter (DD-579), McCool is awarded the Medal of Honor.
Elsewhere off Okinawa, a kamikaze crashes alongside U.S. freighter Walter Colton; the ship receives additional damage from friendly fire of nearby ships in the anchorage. Of the combined complement of 41 merchant sailors, 29 Armed Guards and 11 Construction Battalion men, only three men suffer injuries. Dock landing ship Lindenwald (LSD-6) is also damaged by friendly fire, 26°17'N, 127°53'E.
Cruisers and destroyers (Rear Admiral John H. Brown, Jr.) bombard Japanese installations on Matsuwa, Kurils.
Twenty-six USAAF B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Tsuruga, Japan. Japanese merchant cargo ship Hiwaka Maru is sunk by mine, 34°44'N, 125°52'E.
Okinawa-based PB4Y-2s (VPB 118) fly second aerial mining mission into the Korean archipelago, but fog, blanketing the entire objective, compels the Privateers to jettison the mines en route back to base.
Submarine Bowfin (SS-287) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship No.3 Shinyo Maru off Genzan, Korea, 39°24'N, 128°59'E.
Submarine Crevalle (SS-291) sinks Japanese gunboat No.5 Hakusan Maru off Henashi Zaki, Honshu, 40°43'N, 139°51'E.
Submarine Flying Fish (SS-229) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Meisei Maru near Rashin, Korea, 41°47'N, 131°44'E.
Submarine Sea Dog (SS-401) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Kofuku Maru, 40°28'N, 139°47'E.
Submarine Segundo (SS-398) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship No.2 Fukui Maru, in the Yellow Sea off the Shantung peninsula, 37°11'N, 123°23'E.
Submarine Tirante (SS-420) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Hakuju Maru at Ha Jima, southern Kyushu, 42°37'N, 129°45'E.
PB4Y-2 sinks Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 237 at entrance to Ise Bay, 34°30'N, 137°06'E; the explosion of the enemy patrol vessel, however, heavily damages the attacking Privateer.
Japanese guardboat No.5 Nichiei Maru is sunk by U.S. aircraft southwest of Paramushiro, Kurils, 50°00'N, 155°00'E.
Japanese cargo ship Kimi Maru is sunk by aircraft off west coast of Aomori prefecture.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Aussies Land On Borneo
SUN 10 JUN 1945
TG 74.3 (Rear Admiral Russell S. Berkey) cruiser and destroyer gunfire and strikes by USAAF and RAAF planes support landing of Australian troops at Brunei Bay, Borneo.
Naval task group (Rear Admiral Joseph J. Clark) bombs and bombards enemy airfield and other installations on Minami Daito Jima, Ryukyus.
Off Okinawa, destroyer William D. Porter (DD-579) is sunk by kamikaze, 27°06'N, 127°38'E; despite the fires and exploding ammunition, Lieutenant Richard M. McCool, Jr. unhesitatingly places his ship, large support landing craft LCS(L)(3)-122 alongside the sinking warship to take off her survivors (see 11 June).
Also off Okinawa, destroyer escort Gendreau (DE-639) is damaged by shore battery, 26°03'N, 127°12'E.
Submarine< Crevalle (SS-291) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Daiki Maru in western approaches to Tsugaru Strait, 40°44'N, 139°48'E.
Submarine Dace (SS-247) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking merchant cargo ship Hakuyo Maru in Sea of Okhotsk, about 120 miles west of Shimushu Island 47°21'N, 149°07'E.
Submarine Flying Fish (SS-229) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Taga Maru off Seishin, northwestern Korea, 41°42'N, 129°34'E.
Submarine< Skate (SS-305) sinks Japanese submarine I 122 in Sea of Japan, six miles off Cape Rokugo lighthouse, 37°30'N, 137°24'E.
Submarine Spadefish (SS-411), attacking Japanese shipping off Hokkaido, sinks merchant cargo ship No.2 Taigen Maru off Otaru, 43°23'N, 140°39'E; transport No.8 Unkai Maru off Shakotan Mizaki, 43°55'N, 141°13'E; and cargo ship Jintsu Maru, 43°28'N, 140°28'E.
Submarine Tench (SS-417) sinks Japanese merchant tanker No.6 Shoei Maru 41°15'N, 141°31'E.
PB4Y-2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, commence mining waters of the Korean archipelago. The intent is to drive Japanese shipping, forced by the work of PB4Ys and PBMs to carry out nocturnal operations (sheltering by day in small protected anchorages) out into the open sea to facilitate mast-head attacks. The mines thus planted could sink undiverted shipping and place an additional burden on the already overtaxed Japanese minesweeping force. On this initial mission, the first aerial mining using Privateers, however, the PB4Ys encounter intense antiaircraft fire from Japanese warships in Tsushima Strait during the run-in to the objective, Pusan harbor. The PB4Ys mine the waters along the Korean coast between Shinchi-To and Seigan-To instead (see 11 June-1 July).
Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 63 is sunk in collision west of Mokpo, Korea, 34°50'N, 126°10'E.
Mines damage Japanese escort destroyer Habuto, 2.6 kilometers north of Kannonzaki, and guardboat Choei Maru off Shinminato.
PB4Ys (VB 102°) sink Japanese merchant tanker Tado Maru off west coast of Korea, 36°00'N, 125°00'E.
There's A Riot Going On! NOT!
by M. Bouffant at 13:39
I fucking knew it. There hasn't been any smash-&-grabbing for some time now.
[Reliable Sources]The riot lieWatch Fox News for a few hours, and you might think rioters are still prowling America's biggest cities, smashing windows and stealing handbags.
You might think Minneapolis is still burning. You might think the unrest is getting worse.
In the "Fox & Friends" and "Hannity" alternative universe, the rioting is still a present-tense threat and could restart at any time. This is contradicted by every news report from every other outlet. The story now is about peaceful, powerful, sustained protest all across the country. But "riot porn" video is irresistible to Fox's producers and hosts, even though the video is out of date now.
I've been noticing this for several days now. Sometimes the video has a little label in the corner with the date, like "May 28" for fires in Minneapolis, but not always. And if you think the label is sufficient, you're kidding yourself. The video is often accompanied by talk of "unrest," violence and inner-city chaos. One of the banners on Sean Hannity's show Tuesday night said "GROWING LAWLESSNESS IN MAJOR CITIES." His show, and others, have been blurring the unrest seen in the wake of George Floyd's death with other, generalized types of crime. Statements like "we have to restore law and order" have implied that law and order has not been restored.
Look, I live in Manhattan and I hated what happened in this city on May 31 and June 1. The looting and mayhem was appalling. But it was more than a week ago. The graffiti has been scrubbed off the bodega on my block. The broken windows have been cleaned up. And today I noticed the city's garbage can -- taken away last week because vandals were lighting fires in them -- back on my building's corner today. I took it as a small but telling sign that things are getting back to normal. It is grossly misleading to show old video of looters on a loop while omitting what's going on today.
These are editorial choices
Brian Kilmeade kind of gave up the game on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning. "I thought when George Floyd was killed, we were going to be talking about racial equality in this country and George Floyd's life," he said. "We could not get to that because our first four stories were all about the massive destruction on the biggest cities." The control room cued up video of Minneapolis chaos from May 29, a week and a half ago. Kilmeade said "now people are looking around and saying 'What is the message again?'"
Well, the message from the video was that Minneapolis is in shambles. The message from the on-screen banner was about "THE THREAT OF ANTIFA." Other networks have found plenty of time to talk about racial equality and Floyd's life, so Kilmeade should look inward...
Trump perpetuates the lie
On Tuesday morning the president retweeted a three-day-old post from a right-wing columnist in Europe who said Minneapolis is "looking like the aftermath of a war." Again, notice the use of present-tense. The tweet was old and the video was even older -- it was a compilation of ugly scenes from the end of May.
Folks who live in these cities know the truth about the swift recovery from the sickening but short-lived riots. Do Fox viewers in rural areas know the truth?
All three of Fox's prime time shows delighted in an audio tape of Chicago aldermen arguing with the mayor about the May 31-June 1 violence. The conference call took place on Sunday, June 1. WTTW, the PBS affiliate in Chicago, obtained the tape and published it last Friday. Yet on Tuesday night Fox treated it like it was brand new.
The riot lie is related to this next item...
The "Antifa fantasy"
That's what Anne Helen Petersen calls it in her must-read story for BuzzFeed News. She explores how rumors about "roving bands of Antifa have followed small protests all over the United States." It's nonsense, of course, nonsense fueled by Facebook posts and fringe websites, but the rumors give militias something to guard against. As Petersen writes, "it doesn't matter if antifa was never coming in the first place. They didn't come, and that's evidence of victory."
>> The reality: "NPR has reviewed court documents of 51 individuals facing federal charges in connection with the unrest. As of Tuesday morning, none is alleged to have links to the antifa movement..."
>> Historian Mark Bray, who has studied the leftist groups, made this point on CNN the other day: "You can see that when these groups in major cities mobilize, they don't get more than a couple hundred people. And they're more active in some regions than others..."
>> In the past two weeks, Fox News programs have mentioned Antifa more than 325 times, per TVEyes. Fox Business: 173+ times. Antifa has come up 67+ times on CNN and 88+ times on MSNBC...
I Piss On Your Graves
by M. Bouffant at 01:09
New York Is A Summer Festival
Kirsten Fleming / New York Post:
With no public bathrooms, the Big Apple is now ‘the Big Toilet’ — Working at a beer store on St. Mark's Place, Brittany Spano, 27, has seen the Big Apple's robust social life return, albeit in an abridged form. — Drink windows selling to-go cocktails and beers have sprung up throughout the city, drawing in socially starved New Yorkers who have been in quarantine for three months. But this re-emergence has come with a stream of issues — mainly a steady flow of revelers freely peeing in public since most bathrooms remain closed. And now, with thousands of protesters taking to the streets each day, more people than ever are contributing to NYC’s No. 1 problem by whizzing in the wild.
“Last night, my co-worker saw some guy just coming down the street and pulling down his pants [to urinate],” Spano tells The Post. “She was like, ‘Nah, not here, man.’
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Ha Ha Fuck You
by M. Bouffant at 20:45
Morons. Just fucking die already, you murdering thugs.Washington Post:
Coronavirus hospitalizations rise sharply in several states following Memorial Day — As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to increase worldwide, and more than a dozen states and Puerto Rico are recording their highest averages of new cases since the pandemic began …
Vanessa Romo / NPR: Texas Reports Record-Breaking COVID-19 Hospitalizations As State Reopens
Elliot Hannon / Slate: Number of New Coronavirus Cases Is Accelerating in More Than a Dozen States
SAT 9 JUN 1945
Naval task group (Rear Admiral Lawrence F. Reifsnider) lands Marines on Aguni Jima, Ryukyus.
Naval task group (Rear Admiral Arthur W. Radford) bombs and bombards Okino Daito Jima, Ryukyus.
Twenty-seven USAAF B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straits.
Submarine Crevalle (SS-291) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Hokuto Maru west of Aomori Prefecture, in western approaches to Tsugaru Strait, 40°54'N, 139°48'E.
Submarine Sea Dog (SS-401) attacks Japanese shipping off northwest coast of Honshu, sinking merchant cargo ships Sagawa Maru and Shoyo Maru, 38°10'N, 138°20'E.
Submarine Sea Owl (SS-405) sinks Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.41 in Tsushima Strait, southeast of Mokpo, Korea, 34°22'N, 128°11'E.
Submarine Tench (SS-417) sinks Japanese transport Kamishika Maru off southern Hokkaido, 41°49'N, 141°11'E.
Submarine Tinosa (SS-283) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Wakatama Maru off east coast of Korea, 37°32'N, 129°10'E.
Mines laid by USAAF B-29s (20th Air Force) sink Japanese merchant cargo ships No.35 Banshu Maru, 36°19'N, 136°12'E, and Inaura Maru, .7 kilometers off Takase light, 34°00'N, 131°00'E.
PB4Ys or PBMs sink Japanese merchant cargo ship No.5 Kaishin Maru at 37°05'N, 129°08'E.
USAAF B-24s bomb Japanese shipping off Bandjermasin, sinking cargo vessel Koryu Maru and 423 Shuttle Boat and No.444 Shuttle Boat, and damaging cargo vessel No.8 Nippo Maru.
Monday, June 8, 2020
Another Medic Gets Medal
FRI 8 JUN 1945
TF 38 (Vice Admiral John S. McCain) planes attack Kanoya Airfield, Kyushu, Japan.
TG 74.3 (Rear Admiral Russell S. Berkey) bombards Japanese positions in preparation for the landings at Brunei Bay, covering the reconnaissance parties ashore; bombardment is repeated on 9 June (see 7 June). During sweeping operations in Brunei Bay, minesweeper Salute (AM-294) is sunk by mine, 05°08'N, 115°05'E.
As fighting continues on Okinawa, Hospital Apprentice First Class Fred F. Lester, serving with a rifle platoon, sees a wounded marine beyond the front lines. As he advances under heavy fire, Lester is hit and severely wounded. He attempts unaided to drag the wounded marine to safety, but is hit again. Although paralyzed on his right side, Lester succeeds in dragging the marine to cover. Realizing he has been mortally wounded, the corpsman, spurning medical attention for himself, directs marines to treat the casualty he had brought to safety, thus saving that man's life. Lester devotes his last efforts to directing the treatment of two other wounded marines before he dies. For his courage "above and beyond the call of duty," Lester is awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously.
British submarine HMS Trenchant torpedoes and sinks Japanese heavy cruiser Ashigara 14 nautical miles west-southwest of Muntok, in northern entrance of Bangka Straits, 02°00'S, 104°56'E.
Submarine Cobia (SS-245) sinks Japanese transport Hakusa and tanker No.22 Nanshin Maru off southern French Indochina, 08°56'N, 105°37'E.
Japanese submarine tender Chogei is damaged by mine, 1.6 kilometers southwest of Bakuchizaki.
Japanese merchant cargo ship Ojima Maru is damaged by aircraft, between Ainoura and Tainosaki.
USAAF B-24s bomb Japanese shipping near Bandjermasin, sinking Shuttle Boat No.466 and damaging Shuttle Boat No. 423 near mouth of Barita River.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Good Move, Air Force
THU 7 JUN 1945
Phase IV of Operation STARVATION, an intensified blockade of northwestern Honshu and Kyushu, begins as 26 USAAF B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Fukuoka, Japan.
TG 74.3 (Rear Admiral Russell S. Berkey), comprising three U.S. light cruisers, one Australian light cruiser, and seven destroyers, provides close cover and fire support for minesweepers and underwater demolition teams off Brunei Bay.
Carrier Randolph (CV-15) is damaged when accidentally crashed by stunting USAAF P-38 fighter, Leyte, P.I.
Off Okinawa, kamikazes damage escort carrier Natoma Bay (CVE-62), 24°46'N, 126°37'E, and destroyer Anthony (DD-515), 27°07'N, 127°38'E; operational casualties account for damage to medium landing ship LSM-270 landing craft flotilla flagship LC(FF)-988 and tank landing craft LCT-1054 tank landing ship LST-540 is damaged by grounding, 26°21'N, 127°45'E; destroyer Beale (DD-471) is damaged in collision with gasoline tanker Yahara (AOG-37) at Kerama Retto, 26°10'N, 127°20'E.
Submarine Shad (SS-235) sinks Japanese army transport Azusa Maru and tanker No.22 Nanshin Maru, 50 miles southwest of Yoso-do, Korea, 33°55'N, 126°50'E.
Submarine Tench (SS-417) sinks Japanese guardboat Hanshin Maru in Sea of Japan, 42°41'N, 143°53'E.
Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser No.43 Hino Maru is sunk by aircraft off Hiradojima, Miyanoura.
Mines sink Japanese auxiliary minelayer Hakun Maru near Hong Kong, merchant cargo ship No.2 Yubari Maru west of the mouth of Kammon Strait, and damage merchant cargo ship Taigen Maru outside Fushiki harbor.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Collision & Kamikazes
WED 6 JUN 1945
Off Okinawa, minesweepers Requisite (AM-109) and Spear (AM-322) are damaged in collision, 26°00'N, 127°00'E; light minelayers Harry F. Bauer (DM-26) and J. William Ditter (DM-31) are damaged by kamikazes, 26°14'N,128°01'E, and landing craft flotilla flagship LC(FF)-995 is damaged by operational casualty.
Mines sink Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 195, Nanao Bay, Honshu, Japan, 37°10'N, 137°05'E; guardboat No.5 Yawata Maru off Tsurumi; merchant cargo ship Gassan Maru off Moji, 34°00'N, 130°50'E, destroyer Kaki off Kominase, 33°46'N, 130°24'E, escort destroyer Habuto 1.3 kilometers north of Kannonzaki light, and cargo ship No. 18 Tamon Maru off Hesaki light.
Japanese army cargo ship No.20 Hokko Maru is damaged by marine casualty off east coast of Aomori prefecture.
Auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 251 (ex-submarine chaser Ch 51) is damaged by aircraft, three miles off Akashima.
Friday, June 5, 2020
Toyo Maru Gets It Twice
TUE 5 JUN 1945
Typhoon off Okinawa damages battleships Indiana (BB-58), Massachusetts (BB-59), Alabama (BB-60), and Missouri (BB-63); carriers Hornet (CV-12) and Bennington (CV-20), small carriers Belleau Wood (CVL-24) and San Jacinto (CVL-30), escort carriers Windham Bay (CVE-92), Salamaua (CVE-96), Bougainville (CVE-100), Attu (CVE-102), heavy cruisers Baltimore (CA-68), Quincy (CA-71), and Pittsburgh (CA-72), light cruisers Detroit (CL-8), San Juan (CL-54), Duluth (CL-87), and Atlanta (CL-104), destroyers Schroeder (DD-501), John Rodgers (DD-574), McKee (DD-575), Dashiell (DD-659), Stockham (DD-683), De Haven (DD-727), Maddox (DD-731), Blue (DD-744), Brush (DD-745), Taussig (DD-746), and Samuel N. Moore (DD-747)*, destroyer escorts Donaldson (DE-44), Conklin (DE-439), and Hilbert (DE-742), oilers Lackawanna (AO-40) and Millicoma (AO-73), and ammunition ship Shasta (AE-6).
Off Okinawa, kamikazes damage battleship Mississippi (BB-41), 26°09'N, 127°35'E, and heavy cruiser Louisville (CA-28), 26°07'N, 127°52'E.
Destroyer Dyson (DD-572) is damaged when she is accidentally rammed by destroyer escort Abercrombie (DE-343) at Kerama Retto, Okinawa, 26°09'N, 127°49'E. Tank landing ship LST-540 is damaged by operational casualty off Okinawa.
Destroyer escort French (DE-367), on antisubmarine screening duties off Peleliu, bombards Malakal and Arakabesan Islands, Palaus.
Minesweeper Scuffle (AM-298) is damaged by grounding in Brunei Bay, 08°01'N, 117°13'E.
Gasoline tanker Sheepscot (AOG-24) is damaged by grounding off Iwo Jima, 24°46'N, 141°18'E.
Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 230 is sunk in collision with army transport Azusa Maru one mile south of Sop-To light, Korea, 34°00'N, 127°18'E. Azusa Maru is damaged in the collision.
Japanese guardboat No.13 Kintoku Maru is sunk by U.S. aircraft off Fujinamiohama, Japan.
Mines sink Japanese cargo ship No.5 Yawata Maru off Tsunemi, Moji; and merchant cargo ship Taisho Maru two kilometers off Mutsure Island 33°54'N, 130°54'E, and damage destroyer Yoizuki 5.8 kilometers northwest of Hime Jima light, escort destroyer Shii in Bungo Straits, army cargo ship Toyo Maru near Aohama, merchant cargo ship Annette Fritzen Go off Asa Jima, Fusan, 33°56'N, 131°03'E, and cargo vessel Toyo Maru off Shimonoseki, 33°57'N, 131°02'E.
Japanese fast transport T.9 is damaged by aircraft, north of Chichi Jima.
Japanese army cargo ship Taiko Maru is damaged by marine casualty off Kannonzaki.
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.2 Nansei Maru is damaged by marine casualty, near Moji.
*This reporter's immediate male ancestor was aboard the Moore at the time.
On The Streets: 79/1-18 CAV
by M. Bouffant at 19:23
Here's your militarized society: Oxford Avenue, south of Sixth Street, 90010, one diagonal block from Wilshire Blvd. & Western Ave., 1536 hrs., this date.
|Every one on his/her 'phone. Updating the Facebook page?|
Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Any Worse
by M. Bouffant at 17:57
Plague? Police murder, civil unrest, end of American democracy? All at once? California can top it!
WARNING: VERY GRIM & RATHER ICKY!
A Richmond man was taken into custody this week when police found him cannibalizing his 90-year-old grandmother, authorities said.
Police received a 911 call Monday from the woman’s daughter, who said she found her mother “bleeding on the family room floor and her nephew in the room covered in blood,” according to Richmond Police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy.
When officers arrived at the residence in the 1200 block of Club Court, they found the 37-year-old man “straddling his grandmother” and “actively pulling out her flesh with his hands,” Pomeroy said Wednesday.
Officers ordered the suspect, identified as Dwayne Wallick, to stop, but he ignored them and continued what he was doing, Pomeroy said. Authorities deployed a taser, but once the 5-second cycle of the stun gun subsided, Wallick became “extremely aggressive.”
After a struggle, four officers were forced to physically drag Wallick out of the residence because he was still kicking and fighting, Pomeroy said.
Wallick was taken to a hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries, which is unrelated to the physical force used to take him into custody, Pomeroy said. He is not on a psychiatric hold.
Ruby Wallick, 90, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death will be determined by the Contra Costa medical examiner’s office.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Dwayne Wallick was still in the hospital and had not been booked into jail, Pomeroy said. Authorities were working with the Contra Costa district attorney’s office on potential charges.
Ruby Wallick and Dwayne Wallick both lived at the Richmond residence. Pomeroy said Dwayne Wallick has been his grandmother’s caregiver and has been living with her for a couple of years.
Ruby Wallick’s daughter, who made the 911 call, does not live at the home but walked into the horrifying scene when she showed up to pick up her mother, Pomeroy said.
According to her daughter, Ruby Wallick was still highly functioning and was expected to live several more years. She had vision issues and used a walker to get around, but was in “good health,” Pomeroy said.
Pomeroy said the crime scene was among the most gruesome he’s seen in his career.
“I’ve seen it all,” he said. But “in 26 years of law enforcement, I have never seen a crime scene of a victim that badly injured.”
The motive is unknown, but investigators believe the suspect was under a type of synthetic stimulant, Pomeroy said. Authorities are in the process of determining whether Wallick had any illegal substances in his system.
He has no prior criminal history and no known mental issues, Pomeroy said.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Black Sea Action
MON 4 JUN 1945
U.S. freighter Colin P. Kelly, Jr., bound for Antwerp, Belgium, in convoy TAM 89, is damaged by mine off the Downs, 51°22'48"N, 02°35'E; there are no fatalities among the ship's complement (which includes a 37-man Armed Guard), but the ship is later written off as a total loss.
U.S. freighter New Bern Victory, en route to Constanta, Rumania, is damaged by mine six miles off Odessa, USSR; there are no casualties to the ship's complement and the ship is later repaired and returns to active service.
District patrol vessel YP-41 is damaged by operational casualty off Okinawa, 26°18'N, 127°52'E.
Submarine Billfish (SS-286) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Taiu Maru off Chinnampo, Korea, 38°32'N, 124°45'E.
Submarine Tench (SS-417) sinks Japanese transport Ryujin Maru off Hachinohe, 40°54'N, 141°29'E.
USAAF B-24s (13th Air Force) sink Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 112 and motor torpedo boat Gyoraitei No. 162 and damage auxiliary submarine chaser Kenkai Maru in Java Sea off Laut Island 05°00'S, 116°04'E.
Mines sink Japanese weather observation ship Hijun Maru 5.5 miles off Hesaki, 33°54'N, 131°06'E, and cargo ships Aichi Maru (location unspecified), Hinode Maru off Moji City; No.2 Shiwa Maru off Taishu Light; unidentified tugboat off south end of Motoyamazaki; merchant cargo ships Kifune Maru off Niigata and No.5 Yamabishi Maru at 33°44'N, 131°06'E; and damage transport Tsukushi Maru at 33°50'N, 131°19'E, and merchant cargo ship Sawa Maru two kilometers off Mutsure, 33°54'N, 130°54'E, and Chikushi Maru off Motoyama Bay.
Japanese tanker Hasu Maru is damaged by mine in Berhala Straits, between Sumatra and Lingga anchorage.
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.5 Miyakawa Maru is sunk by marine casualty off Hirato Jima.
USAAF planes sink Japanese merchant cargo ship Shobu Maru at 34°20'N, 124°30'E.
Japanese cargo ship Banshu Maru is damaged by aircraft, 34°27'N, 129°35'E.
Japanese merchant cargo ship No.1 Taikai Maru is damaged by aircraft, 31°18'N, 129°24'E.
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