Monday, May 30, 2011

Lost Sub USS R-12 Discovered

Received word from Charles Hinman about his recent activities regarding another lost WWII sub that has been found:

The last few days I've been working on the R-12 discovery, gathering the research team to attempt to find the relatives of the men who were lost with the vessel. The boat was found in 600 feet of water off Key West, Florida, by Tim Taylor and R/V Tiburon. I've confirmed with Dr. Neyland at the Naval History & Heritage Command that they are working with the discovery team. If you haven't seen the photos of the wreck (presently there are just a couple), go to

Tim and his staff have been very enthusiastic about sharing our research and ensuring that the R-12 families hear about the discovery. So far, we are in touch with the families of only seven of the lost men, but as soon as our research team gets in gear, we expect to find many more.

R-12 was the oldest of the 52 U.S. submarines lost in World War II. She was on the surface conducting a training exercise when she suddenly foundered. Forty of her crew went down with the vessel, along with two Brazilian Naval Officers, who were aboard as observers. Five men survived the sinking, as well as 17 of her crew who were not aboard at the time of her loss.

Charles R. Hinman
Director of Education & Outreach
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

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The first 'grown up' book Paul Crozier ever read was "War Fish" by George Grider. Since then he has spent most of his life researching the U.S. Submarine Force in WWII and USS Wahoo (SS-238) in particular.


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