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  L-19
USSR
Leninec Class Submarine

1,200 Tons
265' 9" | 24' 7" | 15' 9"
1 x 100mm deck gun
1 x 45mm gun
6 x 21" torpedo tubes
2 x 21" torpedo tubes aftn
12 torpedoes
18 x sea mines
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USSR c1945

Ship History
Laid down on December 26, 1935 by Baltiyskiy Zavod in Leningrad, U.S.S.R. at Yard 189 and Dalzavod in Vladivostok, U.S.S.R. at Yard 202. Launched May 25, 1938. Commissioned November 4, 1939. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet

Wartime History
On August 23, 1945 this submarine fired torpedoes at Tetsugo Maru, sinking it off Rumoi, Hokkaido at roughly 44.08N, 141.30E.

Sinking History
On August 24, 1945 sank due to unknown causes. Other sources report the date of sinking as August 25, 1945. Believed to have gone down in the La Perouse Strait, possibly due to collision with a mine. The entire crew of 53 went down with the submarine.

During July 2008, a Russian dive team “Iskra” was searching for L-19. At the request of Wahoo Project Group, they diverted from their normal routes to scan two sites which were thought to be probable locations for USS Wahoo SS-238. The first site was a freighter, the second site was a submarine recorded on their slide scan sonar. Divers then dove the the wreck on July 28-29, 2006 and Vladimir Kartashev took photos. On October 31, 2006 the US Navy confirmed the Wahoo had been found in a news release.

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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