Today’s installment... This evening piece highlights a ship of the United States Navy that Mr. Paul G. Allen and @rv_petrel recently located in the Philippine Sea. This ships is nothing short of legendary, U.S.S. Indianapolis, CA-35. “The Indy” as she was known was one of two heavy cruisers of the Portland-Class.
In the pre-war years before the entry of the U.S. into the Second World War “The Indy” spent time in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. In early 1942, “The Indy” spent her early wartime service raiding Japanese positions, as well as fleet and troop concentrations in the Southwest Pacific area and by mid-1942 in the Aleutians. In early 1943, she returned to the Aleutian Is.’s where she would remain for the majority of the year support Allied operations.
In late 1943, her next operation would be off Tarawa and the Gilbert’s during Op. “Galvanic” and “Flintlock”. During the greater portion of 1944 “The Indy” found herself in some of the fiercest engagements of the war to date. Op. “Forager” the Palau/Mariana’s campaign, Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle of Peleliu.
After a short refit period, in early 1945 “The Indy” was back in the war during Op. “Detachment” off Iwo Jima providing naval gunfire support for the landings. Her next target was Okinawa during Op. “Iceberg.” After being damaged off Okinawa, “The Indy” was given a special mission to carry key components of “Little Boy” to Tinian Is. in the Mariana’s.
Ordered to Leyte for further training “The Indy” was struck by two Type 95 torpedoes fired from the Japanese submarine I-58. “The Indy” was doomed and sank in 12 minutes. Of the 1,195 crew onboard only 316 would survive the ordeal.
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