SUNK uss sculpin submarine model ashtray launching Portsmouth NH WWII Antique
Size: 5.5 inches wide. This highly decorated submarine had an amazing history with some tragic twists of fate. While on her initial shakedown cruise on 23 May 1939. Was diverted to search for. Sighting a red smoke bomb and a buoy from. Squalus, she established communications, first by underwater telephone and then by signals tapped in Morse code on the hull. Aided in the salvage of the sunken vessel by sounding out the approaches to. And preparing supplementary charts of the area where. S final patrol was given by the surviving members of her crew, who were liberated from Japanese. On 16 November, she had arrived on station and had made. Contact with a large, high-speed convoy on the night of 18 November. Making a fast end run on the surface to attack on the morning of 19 November, she was in firing position but was forced to dive when the convoy and its escorts zigged toward her. When the Japanese task force changed course. Surfaced to make another run, but was discovered by. Which the convoy commander had left behind for just this eventuality. Only 600 yards (550 m) away. Diving fast, the submarine escaped the first salvo of depth charges. A second string of “ash cans” knocked out her depth gauge and caused other minor damage. She evaded the destroyer in a rain squall and around 1200 attempted to come to periscope depth. The damaged depth gauge stuck at 125 feet (38 m), so the submarine broached and was again detected. She immediately submerged and the destroyer attacked with a pattern of 18 depth charges. There was considerable damage, including temporary loss of depth control. Ran beyond safe depth so that many leaks developed in the hull. So much water entered that the submarine was forced to run at high speed to maintain depth. This made tracking easy for the Japanese. A second depth charge attack knocked out. The submarines commanding officer, Commander Fred Connaway, decided to surface and give the crew of the doomed vessel a chance for survival. With her decks still awash. S gunners manned the deck guns but were no match for the destroyers main battery. A shell hit the. The ships senior surviving officer, Lieutenant George E. Before he opened the vents, he informed Captain Cromwell. Fearing he might reveal the plans for the Tarawa invasion under the influence of torture or drugs, Cromwell refused to leave the stricken submarine, giving his life to escape capture. He was posthumously awarded the. For his act of heroism and devotion to country. Fiedler (who failed to notice the depth gauge had stuck), along with ten others, some doubtless already dead, joined him. S crew were picked up by. One badly wounded sailor was thrown back in the sea because of his condition. The survivors were questioned for about ten days at the Japanese naval base at Truk, then were embarked on two aircraft carriers returning to. Carried 21 of the survivors in her hold. On 2 December, the carrier was torpedoed and sunk by. And twenty of the American prisoners perished; one man, George Rocek, was saved when he was able to grab hold of a ladder on the side of a passing Japanese destroyer and hauled himself on board. At the time named. Was the same submarine. Sculpinhad helped to locate and raise some four-and-a-half years before. The other 21 survivors arrived at. On 5 December and, after further questioning, were sent to the. Mines for the duration of the war. The item “SUNK uss sculpin submarine model ashtray launching Portsmouth NH WWII Antique” is in sale since Saturday, June 04, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Transportation\Boats & Ships\Military\Models”. The seller is “jfieldz” and is located in Brooklyn, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.