One general pointer I would have if you have not already pursued it for at least general further information, would be the US Navy Submarine Force Museum's archive which is going to include personal donated papers of Richard O'Kane along with a "boat book" specifically concerning the USS Tang.
I want to wish you the best with your further research.
Thanks for your response, Aaron. I took a look at what they offer, and I already own all of the books they list. Not much comes up for torpedoes, and nothing for the Mark XVIII.
Thank you again for your advice!
Thank you so much for this. I do have all of the diagrams on the sub, and I have the war patrol no. 5 report; however, the first part of the report you provided I believe is the "Attack Data" that states is an attached report on the document I have - and it was not provided....so, thank you, thank you for this missing piece to the resource I have!!
On this source you provided me...I do NOT have pages 16 & 17; this is what I believe to be the "Attack Data" mentioned in the report I have. One more piece of information is one more crucial piece of evidence to building my research, and one more source to answering my driving questions of my thesis.
Please forward anything else you come across that is specific to the Mark XVIII torpedo, the USS Tang's sinking, and/or other subs that were sank or hit due to this same circumstance of circling back of the torpedo. I appreciate it more than you know!
Again, many thanks!
Dear Ms. Molineaux,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located War Damage Reports and Related Records, ca. 1941 - 1947 in the Records of the Bureau of Ships (Record Group 19) and World War II Action and Operational Reports, 12/7/1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes reports in war damage to submarines and includes several submarine losses including Tang. We also located World War II Command Files in Record Group 38 that includes the files Individual Ships, Tang as well as 56 files for Submarine Forces, Pacific and 176 files for the Bureau of Ordnance.
Next, we located General Correspondence Filed Under Filing Classifications S1 to VZ, 1940 - 1945 in Record Group 19 and 29 correspondence series in the Records of the Bureau of Ordnance (Record Group 74) that may have records relating to torpedoes filed under Navy Filing Designation S75.
Additionally, we located 24 record series from the Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet in Records of Naval Operating Forces (Record Group 313); 5 record series in the General Records of the Department of the Navy (Record Group 80) that may have records concerning this matter under the following filing designations: SS306 - Tang, S75 - Torpedoes, L11-1 - material loss and A17-24 - Court of Inquiry. Plus, we located Records Related to United States Witnesses in War Crimes Cases, 1945 - 1949 that includes records relating to the testimony of USS Tang captain O'Kane, Richard H. For more information about all of these records, please contact National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
Finally, we located 6 correspondence series and the Records Concerning Research on Guns and Torpedoes, 1900 - 1943 in Record Group 74 that are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1). Please email RDT1 at Archives1reference@nara.gov for more information regarding these records.
Please note that there will be no information on the last torpedoes loaded on to and fired from the Tang. That information is lost in the sinking and those types of inventory records are not considered permanent. Descriptions of the mechanical problems and circle runs are anecdotal from the damage reports.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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Thank you so much for your extensive list of resources. I have requested about nine different records that will pertain to my research. I appreciate your help on this more than you can know!
My main reason for wanting documentation on the last batch of torpedoes is that they were originally slated to be loaded aboard the USS Tambor; however, because the Tambor wasn't leaving as soon as the Tang was, the torpedoes were switched to be loaded on the Tang, instead. My thinking is that there might be some sort of document not on board the Tang that showed where the torpedoes were transferred from the Tambor to the Tang.
The links you have provided are invaluable to my research, and I am very grateful for your help!
Thank you again for your time on this!