Friday, March 13, 2015
13 March 1944: The attack of the Sand Lance
Sand Lance (SS-381) came up to periscope depth and found herself in the midst of a Japanese convoy, consisting of 5 merchantmen and 3 heavily armed warships. Sand Lance had only 6 torpedoes remaining, but she made them count. At least 2 of the ships went to the bottom, light cruiser Tatsuta and cargoman Kokuyo Maru, carrying over 1,000 enemy troops. For her success, Sand Lance underwent a 16-hour, 100 depth charge pounding from the accompanying destroyers.