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USS Drum (SS-228)

First War Patrol Précis


The first war patrol of the USS Drum (SS-228), was conducted from April 17 to June 12, 1942, with Robert H. Rice at the helm. Her assigned patrol station was along the coast of Japan near Nagoya. The Drum was on station for thirty-one days. During this period Rice coordinated six attacks, firing seventeen Mark 14-1 torpedoes and scoring four hits.

Drum's SORG score as credited by ComSubPac is 24,000 tons of Japanese shipping sunk in three freighters and one seaplane carrier. Drum's JANAC score is 20,644 tons of Japanese shipping sunk in three cargo ships and one seaplane carrier. Drum's Alden-McDonald score is 18,666 tons of Japanese shipping sunk in two cargo ships and one seaplane carrier, and one cargo ship worth 4,000 tons probably damaged. The seaplane carrier was the Mizuho. On May 1, 1942, at 2303, one of the Drum's torpedoes hit the Mizuho's port side. The flooding caused by the topredo worsened causing the seaplane to be abandoned on May 2 at 0200. It sank that day at 0416, killing 101 crewmen. The heavy cruiser Takao rescued 472 survivors. 1

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Footnote:

1.  Alden, John D., and Craig R. McDonald, United States and Allied Submarine Successes in the Pacific and Far East During World War II, Fourth Edition, see USS Drum (SS-228), Attack Nos. 137, 149, 154, and 183; Submarine war patrol reports on CD, USS Drum (SS-228), Report of War Patrol Number One; Japanese Naval And Merchant Shipping Losses During World War II By All Causes, Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee, USS Drum (SS-228).