Aug 27

Stingray Lands Guerillas on Luzon, 27 August 1944

Friday, August 27, 2010 12:02 AM


The submarine USS Stingray (SS 186) landed fifteen Philippine personnel and six tons of supplies on the island of Luzon on 27 August 1944. This operation was in support of guerilla operations in advance of the U.S. landings in the Philippines. This mission was one of dozens of “special transport” missions carried out by submarines to land, support, or evacuate people ashore on Japanese-held islands throughout the war.

A historical marker near the landing site was dedicated in 2007. Two Stingray sailors and one Blackfin (SS 322) sailor—all in their eighties—attended the ceremony at which the marker was dedicated not only to the Stingray landing, but to all the submarine landings in the Philippines. One Stingray sailor, Basil Wentworth, said that he had been told after the mission that the landing party had been killed soon after arriving, and he did not find out until the year 2000 that the landing had been successful.

This landing mission occurred on the twelfth of Stingray’s sixteen war patrols. Stingray was at Manila on 7 December 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and began her first war patrol immediately. After a wartime record that included numerous special missions and four confirmed sinkings of Japanese merchant vessels, Stingray was decommissioned in late 1945 and sold for scrapping two years later.