🛡Untold War Stories⚔️
After a large overhaul and repairing, the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis received orders to go to the Tinian island to deliver parts and Uranium-235 for the atomic bomb “Little Boy.” Within hours of the Trinity test, the Indianapolis departed San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard on 16th July 1945. The Indianapolis set a speed of 29 knots from the San Francisco harbor to Pearl Harbor in 74 hours and 30 minutes. Thus, arriving on 19 July and continued onward to deliver the weapon components to Tinian on 26 July. Indianapolis was then sent to Guam, where many sailors were rotated out. By July 28, Indianapolis left Guam and started the voyage to Leyte where the crew was to receive training before continuing to Okinawa to join VADM Jesse B. Oldendorf’s Task Force 95.
Meanwhile, Commander Mochitsura Hashimoto, the captain of the Japanese submarine I-58, spotted the Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea and believed she was the New Mexico-Class Battleship U.S.S and gave the order to attack. At 00:15 hours on 30 July 1945, the Indianapolis was struck on her starboard side by two Type 95 torpedoes, one in the bow and one amidship, creating explosions with massive damage. Twelve minutes later, she rolled completely over (from the extra armament added as the war went on), rose her stern to the air, then plunged into the depths of the ocean. About 300 of the 1,199 crew-man went down with the ship.
Most of the sailors jumped in the Pacific water without life jackets, and very few life rafts were lowered down, the sailors grabbed what they could that floated but many many sailors and supplies drifted away.
Navy command did not know of the ship’s sinking until survivors were spotted three and a half days later. At 10:25 on 2 August, a PV-1 Ventura flown by Lieutenant Wilbur Gwinn and his copilot, Lieutenant Warren Colwell, spotted the men adrift while on a routine patrol flight. Gwinn immediately dropped a life raft and a radio transmitter. All air and surface units capable of rescue operations were dispatched to the scene at once. ‼️CONTINUED BELOW‼️ #ww2 #history #war #combat #sharks #sinking #pray