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Back from the Deep: The Strange Story of the Sister Subs Squalus and Sculpin (Bluejacket Books) by [LaVO, Carl P.]

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Many naval buffs know the outlines of this story. The submarine Squalus sank off the New England coast in 1939 but was found by her sister ship Sculpin. More than half the crew was rescued, and the ship herself salvaged and renamed Sailfish. In World War II, Sculpin was sunk by the Japanese, and her survivors sent as POWs to Japan aboard an escort carrier that was sunk en route by Sailfish. Half the American survivors were killed. Culling from an abundance of primary source materials, Lavo fleshes out this unusual story to produce a well-written narrative educing many new details; for example, the Sculpin survivors' captivity in the Ashio copper mines is here told for the first time. This is one of those World War II naval volumes that perhaps did not cry to be written yet is worthwhile and certainly profited from being written while living survivors remained to tell the tale. Roland Green

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This epic World War II submarine saga follows the sister boats Squalus and Sculpin as they play out their dramatic destinies in the Pacific. The author, a seasoned journalist, re-creates their entire perilous journey, beginning with the rigorous stateside preparation of the crew. That training was put to the test almost immediately when the Squalus sank during a test dive in 1939. The revolutionary use of the McCann diving bell to save 33 trapped crewmen and the Sculpin's role in that historic rescue are the first of many incongruous twists of fate that bring the two subs together. The saga continues when the Squalus undergoes an unprecedented salvage and, rechristened the Sailfish, redeems its reputation through three years of battle. The extraordinary ordeals shared by the inseparable Squalus-Sailfish and Sculpin are described in gripping detail as the author skillfully weaves together the tragic defeat of the Sculpin by a Japanese destroyer and the frenetic wrath of its sister sub. The intertwined fates of the two boats come to an eerie climax as the Sailfish unleashes a ten-hour attack on the Japanese aircraft carrier Chuyo amid a raging typhoon, unwittingly killing 22 of the 43 prisoners captured from the sunken Sculpin. The narrative travels with the surviving 21 Sculpin crewmen as they face incredible hardships, torture, and disease as POWs in Japan. Today veterans of both boats view themselves as a single company and share annual reunions. Back from the Deep is certain to instill a renewed appreciation for the intrepid men and stealthy ships that were the soul of the Pacific campaign's silent service.

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  • File Size: 3260 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (October 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFGCD90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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