|Place made||South China Sea|
|Date made||c September 1944|
Second World War, 1939-1945
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US Navy submarine USS Queenfish (SS-393), which was involved in the rescue of Australian and ...
US Navy submarine USS Queenfish (SS-393), which was involved in the rescue of Australian and British prisoners of war being transferred from Singapore to Japan on Japanese troopships. USS Sealion II (SS-315) sank the Rakuyo Maru and USS Pampanito (SS-383) sank the Kachidoki Maru on 12 September 1944. Both ships returned to the area to search and recover survivors as did USS Queenfish and USS Barb (SS-220). Those rescued by the USN were disembarked at Saipan and later repatriated to Australia in October 1944. Others recovered by Japanese ships would be transferred to Japan and re-enter captivity in work camps allocated to them. Many more either died in the sinkings or drowned in rough seas.