Action of 23 April 1945
|Action of 23 April 1945|
|Part of World War II, Pacific War|
The wreck of U-138.
|United States||Nazi Germany|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Herman Edward Miller||Fritz Schneewind †|
|1 submarine||1 submarine|
|Casualties and losses|
1 wounded prisoner,
1 submarine sunk
The Action of 23 April 1945 was a submarine engagement of World War II that occurred in the Java Sea between Nazi Germany and the United States. It resulted in the last sinking of a German U-boat in Asian waters during the Pacific War and was one of only a few actions of the theater involving German forces.
USS Besugo, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Herman Edward Miller, made radar contact with U-183 at about 01:00 off the southern coast of Borneo while patrolling the area. Underwater, the Americans fired a spread of torpedoes and one struck the U-boat which had a Japanese flag painted on the side. The German submarine sank quickly at position with 54 men still aboard, including Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenant Commander) Fritz Schneewind. Afterward, the Americans surfaced and rescued one wounded German warrant officer and took him prisoner.
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