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Submarine special missions: One day in the Philippines

Sturma, M. (2012) Submarine special missions: One day in the Philippines. The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, 34 (1). pp. 54-64.


While sinking enemy shipping was the main business of Allied submarines during the Pacific war, many carried out what were termed "special missions". These often involved landing commandoes and reconnaissance parties behind enemy lines. From the beginning of 1943, submarines began to transport personnel and supplies in direct support of the burgeoning resistance movement in the Philippines. The Philippines section of the Allied Intelligence Bureau first established in July 1942 oversaw the landing of men and materials in the islands. The USS Gudgeon completed the first submarine special mission in support of the Philippines resistance movement in January 1943, when it landed a party of six Filipino agents and their equipment on the island of Negros.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Australian Association for Maritime History
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