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  USS Albacore (SS-218)
Gato-class submarine

Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. Laid down April 21, 1941. Launched February 17, 1942. Commissioned June 1, 1942.

Wartime History

On December 18, 1942 Tenryu was torpedoed and sunk by USS Albacore (SS-218).

Albacore was assigned lifeguard duty for downed bombers attacking off Yap and Ulithi. On July 2, 1944 Albacore began intercepting traffic between Yap and the Palau. The submarine spotted a wooden inter-island steamer loaded with Japanese civilians. Albacore attacked with her deck gun, setting the ship afire then dived to avoid an aircraft. The submarine surfaced soon thereafter and picked up five survivors.

Sinking History
On November 7, 1944 Albacore likely struck a mine off northern Hokkaidō and was sunk.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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