USS Bowfin - "The Pearl Harbor Avenger"

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Launched on December 7, 1942, the USS Bowfin was nicknamed “The Pearl Harbor Avenger”. The Bowfin had 9 successful patrols during the war damaging or sinking 213,580 tons of enemy shipping. Early in 1945 Bowfin was fitted with a new type of sonar which could enable the submerged submarine to detect underwater naval mines. The system was not perfect but in late May the Bowfin, along with eight other submarines, took part in one of the most daring missions of the war, Operation Barney, a mission to penetrate through the heavily mined Tsushima Strait and into the Sea of Japan. This print depicts USS Bowfin on June 6, 1945 during her 16 hour dive through the Tsushima Strait minefields.