Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
464 Pages | 6 x 9 | 28 b&w illus, 14 maps
The Pampanito story begins with the boat's construction in 1943, continues through its six combat missions, and concludes with its decommissioning after the war in 1945. The heart of the book is the September 12, 1944, attack on a Japanese convoy carrying English and Australian POWs from the Burma-Siam Railway (of Bridge on the River Kwai fame) to prison camps in Japan. The Pampanito helped sink two of the prison ships, unwittingly killing hundreds of Allied soldiers, but then returned to rescue the survivors. The crew picked a record seventy-three men from the sea.
“Michno never loses sight of the average submariner’s role and always keeps in focus the dedication and commitment of the Pampanito crewmen to the corporate whole—to their shipmates, their boat, and the mission.”—Carl Boyd, co-author of The Japanese Submarine Force and World War II
“An enthralling story, not soon forgotten.”—Tulsa World