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Zwaardvisch class submarine
1,290 Tons (Surfaced)
1,560 Tons (Submerged)
276' 6" x 25' 6" x 12' 9"
6 x fwd torpedo tubes
2 x ext. fwd torpedo tubes
2 ex. rear torpedo tubes
1 ext rear torpedo tube
1 x 4" deck gun
3 x AA MG
In July 1944 arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon operating under the British Far Eastern Fleet and patrolled the Strait of Malacca attacking Kim Hup Soen and two Malaysian sailing vessels with her deck gun.
On October 17, 1944 lookouts aboard the submarine spots a convoy plus a tugboat towing Itsukushima in the Java Sea east of Bawean Island. Zwaardvisch sets up an attack to hit the minesweeper and escorts and fires a spread of five torpedoes. One torpedo hits and sinks Itsukushima at roughly at 05-23S, 113-48E. Also hit in the bow was Wakataka, likely by a dud torpedo.
After the attack, escorting Subchaser CH-26 searches for the submarine and drops a pattern of 18 depth charges, without results. Several hours later, Zwaardvisch surfaces to periscope depth again, but is again attacked with 16 depth charges but the submarine manages to escape undamaged.
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