Hoke Smith Simpson, USNR

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USS Bashaw (241)Submarine15 Jan 19451 May 1945

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Submarine USS Bashaw (241)

26 Jan 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. Hoke S. Simpson) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Hainan Island and along the Indo-China coastline.

13 Feb 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) was one of the submarines stationed along the route of an important Japanese naval convoy heading north. At 1530 hrs, attempting to close the range by running surfaced, she was spotted and taken under main battery fire by one of the escorting battleships, either the Ise or Hyuga (both offsite links). As a 356 mm (14") salvo fell less than a mile away, Lt.Cdr Simpson opted for a safer course of action and dived, losing any chance to gain a firing position.

21 Feb 1945
Off the north-east corner of Hainan island, USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) claimed the sinking of a 200-ton coaster by torpedo (3 fired, 1 hit). Shortly afterwards, in company of USS Flasher she attacked another coaster by gunfire, both subs scoring hits and sharing the sinking.

27 Feb 1945 (position 19.25, 111.21)
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) sank a pair of sampans with USS Flasher then goes off on her own, shooting up 2 more, east of Hainan in position 19°25'N, 111°21'E.

5 Mar 1945 (position 16.47, 108.41)
At 1000 hrs USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese oiler Ryoei Maru (10016 GRT) off Tourane, Vietnam. The oiler remains afloat and Bashaw has to dodge the escort for the next 9 hours, at the end of which time she finally reaches firing position and finishes off the damaged ship in position 16°47'N, 108°41'E.

6 Mar 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire of the coast of French Indochina.

12 Mar 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) ended her 5th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

27 Mar 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) departed from Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol off Hainan Island and along the Indo-China coastline.

29 Apr 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) ended her 6th war patrol at Subic Bay. She was now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

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