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Survivors of RO-61 Arrive at Dutch Harbor

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Survivors of Imperial Japanese Navy submarine RO-61 are led blindfolded and restrained from USS Reid (DD-369). RO-61 torpedoed seaplane tender USS Casco (AVP-12) on August 30, 1942. The next day Consolidated PBY Catalina patrol aircraft spot the sub on the surface while recharging her batteries. Dropping depth charges, they alert USS Reid (DD-369) who attacks her with two patterns of depth charges that wreck the submarine‘s control room and cause fires. Lieutenant Commander Toshisada Tokutomi orders the sub to surface. The crew is raked with 20 mm cannon fire from Reid as they try to man the sub‘s single 76 mm gun. Reid sinks RO-61 with her 5“ main armament. 60 officers and men go down with the ship. Five survivors are rescued, the first prisoners in the Aleutians Campaign.
Image Filename wwii1241.jpg
Image Size 1.04 MB
Image Dimensions 2963 x 2378
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed September 01, 1942
Location DD-369 docked in Dutch Harbor
City Dutch Harbor
State or Province Alaska
Country United States
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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