The U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force confirmed Tuesday that a sunken wreckage found in the Balabac Strait of the Philippines at a depth of 330 feet was that of a World War II missing submarine, the USS Flier. It is the fifth such submarine to be found since 2005.
Announcing the discovery, Rear-Admiral Douglas McAneny, commander of the Pacific submarine force, said the submarine was located with video evidence and information provided by a team from YAP Films and assistance from the Naval History and Heritage Command.
"We hope this announcement will provide some closure to the families of the 78 crewmen lost when the Flier struck a mine in 1944," he added.
Commissioned in 1943, the USS Flier left Pearl Harbor for patrolling in January 1944 but ran aground at Midway Island. After repairs in California, it again left Pearl Harbor four months later and attacked several Japanese ships.
On August 13 of 1944, the 1,525-ton Gato-class submarine struck a mine in the South China Sea and sank within 30 seconds. Only 14 of the 86 crewmen bailed out of the sub, and, of them, eight survived the swim ashore.
And, those eight, including Al Jacobson of Grand Haven--the last surviving memeber who died in 2008--were rescued at the end of the month.
by RTT Staff Writer
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