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USS Archer-Fish by zulumike USS Archer-Fish by zulumike
USS Archer-Fish (SS/AGSS-311) was a Balao-class submarine. Archer-Fish is best known for sinking the Japanese Navy’s Aircraft carrier Shinano in November 1944 — the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine. For this achievement, she received a Presidential Unit Citation after World War II. She also received five battle stars during WW II.

The Silent Service comprised less then 1.6% of all US Naval personnel in the Pacific, yet accounting for more then half of all enemy shipping sunk. The final tallies show that of the 10 million tons of military and merchant shipping lost by the Japanese during WW II, US submarines accounted for a total of 54%.

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RepublicofDesire Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
The Silent Service also rescued downed pilots, supplied guerrilla forces in the Philippines, scouting enemy forces. landing coast watchers and laying mines.
fishofglass Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
very nice!
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
SOTF Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's amazing how this one little vessel was able to slip into deep enemy territory (alone, no less) and earn the record of sinking of the largest warship by a sub.
zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Japanese anti-submarine forces were forced to spread their efforts to defend the entirety of their merchant shipping lanes, not only to resupply their forces, but also to continue the necessary importation of war material to the Japanese home islands.

 Japanese anti-submarine defenses proved less than effective against U.S. submarines. Japanese sub detection gear was not as advanced as that of some other nations. The primary Japanese anti-submarine weapon for most of WWII was the depth charge, and Japanese depth charge attacks by its surface forces initially proved fairly unsuccessful against U.S. fleet submarines
weaselpatrol Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
read the book "Gallant Lady" a biography of this fine fighting vessel
zulumike Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I will definitely check this this book out.
CountVonZeppelin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
She still holds that record, and she deserves to. Absolutely beautiful.
zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are beautiful yet deadly. The men that crewed these boats yesterday and today are the best of the best.
uglygosling Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
A beautiful artwork, and a boat that deserves to be well remembered. Unlike so many of her sister subs, Archer-Fish was not sent to the scrappers but was sunk as a target in 1968.
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