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Shipfitter 3rd-class D.R. Cole looks through a hole in USS Honolulu’s stern made by a Japanese torpedo that did not explode, 13 Jul 1943 during the Battle of Kolombangara. Photo taken at Tulagi.

Caption     Shipfitter 3rd-class D.R. Cole looks through a hole in USS Honolulu’s stern made by a Japanese torpedo that did not explode, 13 Jul 1943 during the Battle of Kolombangara. Photo taken at Tulagi. ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
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Identification Code   80-G-259436
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Photos on Same Day 13 Jul 1943
Photos at Same Place Tulagi, Solomon Islands, British Western Pacific Territories
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
2 Aug 2023 09:45:34 PM

The torpedo that made this hole penetrated two-feet inside the ship and was initially held in place by the force of its own propellers. Once the torpedo’s fuel was exhausted, the motors stopped and the torpedo fell away and sank. The area of the ship where this torpedo struck stored aviation gasoline and a bomb locker.

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