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1945: Japanese Sumbarine Sinks the USS Indianopolis – 883 Sailors Killed

1945: Japanese Sumbarine Sinks the USS Indianopolis – 883 Sailors Killed
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ USS Indianapolis, 1937

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  • Historical event:
  • 30 July 1945
  • The USS Indianapolis was a Portland-class heavy cruiser, 190 meters long and with a displacement of about 10,000 tons. Just before the sinking, it transferred enriched uranium to the island of Tinian (this enriched uranium was used for the nuclear bomb thrown on Hiroshima).

This day in 1945 marked a big U.S. naval disaster.

Specifically, the Japanese submarine I-58 sank the USS Indianapolis, which had 1,196 men onboard.

The USS Indianapolis was a Portland-class heavy cruiser, 190 meters long and had displacement of about 10,000 tons.

Just before the sinking, it transferred enriched uranium to the island of Tinian (this enriched uranium was used for the nuclear bomb thrown on Hiroshima).

Soon after that, the Japanese submarine, commanded by Mochitsure Hashimoto, hit the USS Indianapolis with two torpedoes.

About 300 people were immediately killed.

The rest of the crew spent the next three days in the sea, and most of them died.

A total of 883 people died.

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