5.31.2004
ENLARGE THE PHOTO


Sunk by A Human Torpedo!
Acme News photo, dated December 19, 1944

The USS Mississinewa (AO-59), a U.S. Navy oil tanker, sinks off the Ulithi atoll on November 20, 1944. This was considered one of the most significant sinkings of a ship during the war, as it is the only documented account of a ship sunk by a Japanese manned Kaiten human torpedo. None of this was documented on the original photo, however, as it was quite secret at the time. Casualties of the suicide attack included three officers and 47 enlisted personnel killed and eleven officers and 81 enlisted personnel wounded (out of a total complement of 20 officers and 278 enlisted men).

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