|Place made||South China Sea|
|Date made||15 September 1944|
Second World War, 1939-1945
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Four Australians, survivors of the sinking of two Japanese prisoner of war transports, are ...
Four Australians, survivors of the sinking of two Japanese prisoner of war transports, are rescued from the sea by crew members of the USN submarine USS Pampanito (SS-383). Covered in oil and clinging to a makeshift raft, they drifted in the sea for several days after USS Pampanito sunk the Kachidoki Maru on 12 September 1944. USS Sealion II (SS-315) had also sunk another transport Rakuyo Maru, carrying more prisoners of war, in the same attack that day. These four men would join additional Australian and British survivors rescued by other USN submarines which also joined in the search. After docking at Saipan on 25 September 1944, the overall group was later repatriated to Australia.