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Sinking of the USS Indianapolis


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Event details

On this day in history in 1945, the Japanese submarine I-58 hit heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis with a torpedo. Ship sunk 12 minutes later and her disappearance was not noticed until a patrol plane chanced to spot the survivors on August 2nd. This failure was caused both by lapses in the coordination between two commands and by a secret nature of the previous journey of the Indianapolis - carrying parts of the first nuclear bombs to the Mariana islands.


This was the last large ship being lost during the World War II.


Note: Time of the event is set to the actual time of attack, July 30 at 00:15 local time.





USS Indianapolis, July 10th, 1945


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