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Dutch East Indies Campaign 1941-42

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Interesting facts from this campaign

On 12/24/41 Dutch submarine K-XVI sank the Fubuki class DD Sagiri..the first enemy warship sunk by a sub in the Pacific.

A Dutch DO-24 flying boat bombed and sank the Japanese DD Shinonome on  12/17/41

2 US Clemson class, the Pillsbury and John D Edwards disabled and nearly sank the  Asashio class DD Michishio with gunfire on 2/20/42

US sub S-37 torpedoed and sank Kagero class DD Natsushio on 2/28/42

So while the entire campaign was a disaster for the allies there were some notable successes. A note on Dutch subs "A small force of submarines based in Western Australian sank more Japanese ships in the first weeks of the war than the entire British and American navies together during the same period, an exploit which earned Admiral Helfrich the nickname "Ship-a-day Helfrich".[11] The aggressive pace of operations against the Japanese was a contributing factor to both the heavy losses sustained and the greater number of successes scored as compared to the British and Americans in the region."

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Sagiri was torpedoed by K-XVI, caught fire and the fire caused the aft mag to det. The Sagiri captain should've used premium damacon and flown a JC flag.

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7 minutes ago, Lert said:

Sagiri was torpedoed by K-XVI, caught fire and the fire caused the aft mag to det. The Sagiri captain should've used premium damacon and flown a JC flag.

Or at least equipped the module. What a potato. :cap_haloween:

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For forgotten, lopsided naval battles in the DEI campaign, the sinking of the USS Ashville PG 21 is probably one that tops the list.  The Ashville, built in 1918 and armed with 3 x 4"/50 guns and a 3"/23 AA gun was caught on her way to Fremantle Australia by the IJN destroyers Arashi and Nowaki (Kagero class) along with the cruiser Maya.  Her Captain, LT Jacob W. Britt and crew put up a valiant fight for about 30 minutes before the ship was wrecked and burning end to end.

Maya didn't bother to participate, leaving the destruction of this ancient gunboat to the destroyers.

A single survivor was known to exist, Fireman 1st Class Fred Brown who died a POW of the Japanese in 1945.  He related his story and the end of Ashville to a survivor of the Houston who survived the war.

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