October 19, 1944 the Officers and Crew returned to REDFIN, after 2 weeks
at Rest Camp, and relieved the Relief Crew of USS EURYALE (AS-22).
period of October 19th and 26th was devoted to
training and completion of loading. REDFIN
was sound tested and had the propellers changed twice. No practice torpedoes were fired.
October 20th at 1830 hours LTjg George L. REINHARDT was
appointed to the rank of LT as of October 01, 1944 and Ens. Harold P.
HAYES was appointed to the rank of LTjg as of September 01, 1944.
26th at quarters at 1100, Edward John MAY was declared AWOL and
all his records and belongings were transferred to CSD-182.
26, 1944 at 1307 hours REDFIN got underway for the 5th War
Patrol with orders to proceed, via EXMOUTH GULF, to Area A-6 (central
SOUTH CHINA SEA north of DANGEROUS GROUND).
Once there she would operate in a Wolf Pack with
BARBERO (SS-317) and USS HADDO (SS-255).
BARBERO departed FREMANTLE with REDFIN.
October 29th REDFIN moored to the Fuel Barge in EXMOUTH GULF at
0753 and BARBERO moored alongside REDFIN.
After REDFIN received 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel, she departed
EXMOUTH GULF at 1709 hours, after BARBERO.
was about 15 miles ahead of REDFIN and as she transited LOMBOK STRAIT on November
1st a Japanese shore battery fired 30 rounds of 6” or 8”
rounds at BARBERO. After
waiting about 1 hour REDFIN entered LOMBOK STRAIT at 0400.
REDFIN submerged at 0518 after seeing a small Patrol Boat.
At 0615 REDFIN found that she had been pushed south of LOMBOK
STRAIT by a 9-knot southerly current.
At 1850 REDFIN surfaced 10 miles south of LOMBOK STRAIT and started
passage through again. At 2323 a large Bomber flew past on the port side about 500
yards. Submerged and received
2 depth charges. Surfaced at
2355 and continued at 14 knots.
November 3rd at 2341 REDFIN cleared MAKASSAR STRAIT and then
SIBUTU PASSAGE on the 4th at 1850 continuing to WEST CUYO
PASSAGE. After clearing CUYO
WEST PASSAGE at 0322 on the 6th REDFIN reached Area A-6 at 0500
on November 7th.
November 8th at 1555 the Quartermaster sighted 2 Tankers at
25,000 yards as REDFIN was submerging, REDFIN surfaced and commenced
tracking for a surface attack. At
1932 started the attack and fired 6 torpedoes at 2019 at the 1st
Large Tanker, turned right and fired 4 stern tubes at the 2nd
Tanker. All the torpedoes of
the first salvo missed. The
second salvo of Mark 18’s missed also.
Started a reload at 2035 and started in for a second attack at
2129. At 2151 commenced
firing 6 torpedoes at the Large Tanker and turned away as the Escort was
closing and firing their gun at REDFIN. Observed and heard 2 hits as the
Escorts shots were falling off the port side about 100 yards away.
At 2215 observed the Tanker, NICHINAN
MARU No.2, to sink at 14°00’N – 116°48’E. REDFIN started a run on the second Tanker but BARBERO had
already made an attack and at 2350, REDFIN observed and heard a tremendous
explosion on the 2nd Tanker.
November 9th at 1746 BARBERO departed the area and USS HADDO
(SS-255) was now in the area.
November 11th at 2050 stopped close aboard HADDO and held a
conversation about the area. Parted
company and headed north west of CABRA ISLAND LIGHT.
12th at 0241 sighted a Hospital Ship but didn’t go in close
because she had all the right markings. At 0734 submerged and the
Quartermaster sighted smoke through the periscope at bearing 070-T before
diving. Surfaced and sighted a 2nd convoy at 355T range 20,000
yards, consisting of 1large AK, 2 medium AK’s, 1 Destroyer and 2
Subchasers. At 1035 started
an end around run. Tried to
contact HADDO because REDFIN had only 8 torpedoes.
At 1755 started closing, made radar contact and closed to 12,000
yards. At 2042 commenced firing the last 4 Mark-23’s torpedoes in the
bow tubes at the large AK, turned right and fired 3 Mark-18 torpedoes down
the throat at the Escort. While
firing at the Escort, heard and observed 1 hit on the AK, ASOGAWA
MARU at 12°45’N – 118°14’E.
Observed the Escort turn right at full speed to evade the torpedoes
and saw 2 more Escorts with searchlights in the area of the sinking AK.
REDFIN departed the area.
November 13th at 1654 received instructions to proceed to MIOS
WOENDI, (BIAK). Entered WEST
CUYO PASSAGE at 2115. On November 14th at 2326 entered SIBUTU
PASSAGE, then SIAOE PASSAGE on November 15th at 2311.
For the next 2 days REDFIN made numerous contacts with friendly
aircraft. REDFIN arrived at
MIOS WOENDI at 0915 on November 18, 1944. She fueled at a small Tanker then moored to USS ORION
Rene TAYLOR talked a skipper of a PT Boat into taking him and some of the
Crew to one of the cave areas on BIAK.
period of November 19th and 20th was spent receiving
torpedoes and making minor repairs. The
21st was spent on training.
departed MIOS WOENDI on November 22nd at 0700 enroute Area A-4
to conduct search with BARBERO and HADDO.
November 25th at 1838 entered SIBUTU PASSAGE.
On 26th at 0051 cleared PEARL BANK.
On the 27th at 1959 exchanged recognition signals with
BARBERO and proceeded to Area A-4 and A-5 south of LAT: 13°N.
On 28th exchanged calls with HADDO.
December 16th at 0230 REDFIN hit a very large log.
The impact was so loud that it woke almost all of the crew.
The log missed the stern planes and propellers.
December 18th at 0935 – sunk a floating mine with 20mm and 30
December 20th at 0600 REDFIN received instructions to depart
the area and proceed to PEARL HARBOR via SAIPAN.
December 29th at 1426 REDFIN moored alongside USS FULTON
(AS-11) at TANAPAG HARBOR, SAIPAN. Received
fuel and unloaded torpedoes and made minor repairs.
REDFIN departed SAIPAN on December 30, 1944 at 1447 enroute PEARL HARBOR, T.H.