Lt Cmdr 'Red' Coe and submarine S-39

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Lt Cmdr 'Red' Coe and submarine S-39

Post by Fatboy Coxy » 10 Nov 2021 16:28

11 December 1941, Japanese minelayer Itsukushima, lays 300 type 93 mines in the San Bernardino Straits. Lt Cdr James W. Coe's USS S-39 attempts to attack but screening destroyers Kuroshio and Oyashio keep USS S-39 at bay with persistent depth charging for most of the day, until she is able to slip away

Can anyone add anymore to this account for me please

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Re: Lt Cmdr 'Red' Coe and submarine S-39

Post by Takao » 11 Nov 2021 17:26

Have you read her War Patrol Report?
https://issuu.com/hnsa/docs/ss-144_s-39

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Re: Lt Cmdr 'Red' Coe and submarine S-39

Post by paulrward » 11 Nov 2021 20:44

Hello All :

You might also want to read

Pigboat 39: An American Sub Goes to War by Bobette Gugliotta

It gives an excellent account of the early days of the War, the flight from the
Philippines, the struggle in the NEI, and the final patrols out of Australia.
It also shows what happens when you try to fight a war with a submarine
that was, in a few cases, older than some of her crewmen !

Respectfully :

Paul R. Ward

P.S. A number of years ago, I worked with a fellow engineer who was ex-USN, who
had served in Submarines in the 60s - When I asked him which ones, he said gave
the names of an SSBN, and a couple of ' fish names' - I asked if they were Permit
class, he said one was, the other was a ..... Pigboat.

I told him he had NEVER served on a Pigboat, he had served on a Fleetboat - when
he tried to disagree, I told him that I would bring him a book the next day to prove
it! The next day, I loaned him my copy of Pigboat 39, which he took home for the
weekend, and when he brought it back to me on Monday, he agreed that I was right-
he had NEVER served on a real Pigboat !

He admitted that, " Those guys had real Stones ! "
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Re: Lt Cmdr 'Red' Coe and submarine S-39

Post by Fatboy Coxy » 16 Nov 2021 22:19

Takao wrote:
11 Nov 2021 17:26
Have you read her War Patrol Report?
https://issuu.com/hnsa/docs/ss-144_s-39
I hadn't until you kindly posted it for me, it didn't really tell me much more about the 11 December, but what a enjoyable read, bits like the problems with strength of currents flowing through some of the straits, firing at a surfaced submarine at night, only later to find it was an island, problems with the torpedo's, etc, was fascinating to read, oh and then there's the maps, plots on their progress, wonderful stuff, thank you Takao :D

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