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Crew and aviators of USS Bogue looking at bales of raw rubber recovered from the debris field after sinking Japanese submarine I-52 in the mid-Atlantic, 24 Jun 1944. Note the FM-2 Wildcat. [Colorized by WW2DB]

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Caption     Crew and aviators of USS Bogue looking at bales of raw rubber recovered from the debris field after sinking Japanese submarine I-52 in the mid-Atlantic, 24 Jun 1944. Note the FM-2 Wildcat. [Colorized by WW2DB] ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
More on...   
F4F Wildcat   Main article  Photos  
Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic   Main article  Photos  
Bogue   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 24 Jun 1944
Photos at Same Place Atlantic Ocean
Added By David Stubblebine
Colorized Date 24 Feb 2023

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
14 Dec 2021 02:50:37 PM

I-52 had been on a Yanagi mission where submarines were used to exchange valuables and technology between Germany and Japan. At the time of her sinking, I-52 carried 2 tons of gold in 146 bars packed in 49 metal boxes, 120 tons of tin ingots, 113 tons of tungsten, 54 tons of raw rubber in bales, 9.8 tons of molybdenum, 3.3 tons of quinine, 2.88 tons of opium, and 58 kg of caffeine plus 14 engineers and technicians as passengers. A meeting between I-52 and German U-530 was arranged in the mid-Atlantic to exchange radar detection gear but the messages were intercepted and Bogue was alerted as to the time and place. I-52 was destroyed but U-530 was not detected by Bogue or her escorts.

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