Eight American Submarines May Have Been Sunk by Own Torpedoes

The US Navy was plagued with badly designed and often poorly manufactured torpedoes in World War Two. Only two submarines can be confirmed as being sunk by their own circular torpedoes since only two submarines had survivors. According to historian and active duty submarine officer, LT Joel Ira Holwitt, USN, in his outstanding book Execute Against Japan (five stars), malfunctioning torpedoes running in a circle may have sunk as many as eight US Navy submarines during the war in the Pacific.

[Sources: “Execute against Japan”: The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) by Joel Ira Holwitt.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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