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Lucky 73 : Uss Pampanito's Unlikely Rescue of Allied Pows in Wwii (Hardcover)

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A harrowing true story of capture, torture, shipwreck, and survival

"Recounts one of the most heartrending stories of the U.S. Navy's submarine service."--William Thiesen, author ofIndustrializing American Shipbuilding

"We find ordeal and torment of a kind that afflicts the imagination. Unbelievably brave British and Australian POWs are its heroes. U.S. submarine crews are its angels. You and I are its beneficiaries."--Michael Gannon, author ofBlack May and Operation Drumbeat

Today USS Pampanito is a tourist destination. During WWII the submarine earned six battle stars, sank six Japanese ships, damaged four others, and rescued seventy-three British and Australian POWs from the South China Sea. Astonishingly, this rescue happened three days after she sank one of the transport ships on which the Allied prisoners were being ferried to Japan.

The chain of events that led to this rescue is truly remarkable. Captured in 1942, forced to spend fifteen months constructing the Burma-Thai Railroad, and then loaded onto floating concentration camps--hellships, as they were called--the prisoners were in the wrong place at the wrong time when Pampanito and her wolf pack attacked a Japanese convoy. Returning to the coordinates a few days later, the crew was astonished to discover survivors in the water from among the more than 2,200 prisoners who had been aboard the Japanese ships.

Even more remarkable is that the officers and crew of Pampanito, after picking up these men (the Lucky 73), thought to have them record their thoughts and experiences while the events were still fresh in their minds, before returning to port. While working as curator for Pampanito, Aldona Sendzikas discovered these documents and began an odyssey of tracking down one of the most incredible rescue stories of the Pacific War.

A volume in the series New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, edited by James C. Bradford and Gene Allen Smith

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Publisher Univ Pr of Florida
Mfg Part# 9780813034270
SKU 212324628
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0813034272
Release Date 3/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0258
Publisher University Press of Florida
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