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21 Dec 1941

  • USS S-38 entered Ligayen Gulf in the Phlippines Islands just before dawn. Spotting a group of four Japanese transports at 0645 hours, she maneuvered and fired four torpedoes at 0710 hours, all of which missed. At 0758 hours, she fired two more torpedoes, striking transport Hayo Maru. She dove to avoid depth charges from Japanese destroyers, and ran aground, sustaining light damage. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | S-38 | Lingayen Gulf | CPC]
24 Dec 1941

  • USS S-38 moved to the southern part of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands and spotted a group of six Japanese auxiliaries at 1130 hours. Before she could attack, she was spotted by a Japanese aircraft, which dropped a bomb on her port side. She dove, escaping further bombing and depth charging. She remained at the bottom of the gulf until 1842 hours before making her escape. At 2235 hours, she surfaced to recharge her batteries, and suffered a battery explosion five minutes later. Neverthess, she was able to escape out of Lingayen Gulf. ww2dbase [S-38 | Lingayen Gulf | CPC]
25 Dec 1941

  • USS S-38 was discovered by a Japanese destroyer at about 0346 hours, which commenced depth charging at about 0350 hours. At 1235 hours, after the destroyer had given up the hunt, S-38 set sail for Manila, Philippine Islands. An hour later, she ran aground, but was able to free herself shortly after. ww2dbase [S-38 | Lingayen Gulf | CPC]
4 Jan 1942

  • USS S-41 departed Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines for the Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [S-41 | Lingayen Gulf | CPC]
10 Mar 1942

  • The 6,668-ton Japanese collier Kosei Maru was sunk by a mine in Lingayen Gulf, Phillipines with the loss of two crewmen, two gunners and nine passengers. ww2dbase [Lingayen Gulf | HM]
2 Dec 1944

6 Jan 1945

  • USS New Mexico shelled Japanese positions in the area of Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. She was struck by Japanese special attack aircraft. Among the 30 men killed were her commanding officer Captain Robert Walton Fleming and members of an observing British military mission, including Lieutenant General Herbert Lumsden, Winston Churchill's personal military representative to General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | New Mexico | Lingayen Gulf | CPC]
  • USS Kimberly arrived at Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. Her gunners shot down two Japanese aircraft that day. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Kimberly | Lingayen Gulf | CPC]
9 Jan 1945

  • USS Luce arrived at Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. She shot down a Japanese aircraft while in the gulf. She set sail toward San Pedro Bay later in the day. ww2dbase [Luce | Lingayen Gulf | CPC, DS]
22 Jan 1945


Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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