Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the U. S. S. Helena and the Incredible Story of Her Survivors (Hardback)
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Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the U. S. S. Helena and the Incredible Story of Her Survivors (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 15/09/2012
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The early morning hours of July 6, 1943, found the USS Helena in what would later be known as the Battle of Kula Gulf. But the ship's participation in the battle came to a swift end when three Japanese torpedoes suddenly struck. Almost 170 sailors went down with the ship, many never surviving the initial torpedo hits. As the last of the Helena disappeared below the ocean's surface, the remaining crewmen's struggle for survival had only just begun. Sunk in Kula Gulf tells the epic story of the Helena's survivors. Two destroyers plucked more than 700 sailors from the sea in a night rescue operation as the battle continued to rage. A second group of 88 men - clustered into three lifeboats - made it to a nearby island and were rescued the next day. A third group of survivors, spread over a wide area, was missed entirely. Clinging to life rafts or debris, the weary sailors were pushed away from the area of the sinking by a strong ocean current. After enduring days at sea under the hot tropical sun, the survivors finally found land. It was, however, the Japanese-held island of Vella Lavella and deep behind the front lines. The survivors organised and disappeared into the island's interior jungle. Living a meager existence, the group evaded the Japanese for eight days until the Marines and U.S. Navy evacuated the shipwrecked sailors in a daring rescue operation. Using a wide variety of sources, including previously unpublished firsthand accounts, John Domagalski brings to life this amazing little-known story from World War II.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781597978392
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 30 mm


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Sunk in Kula Gulf is a thrilling account of one of World War II s most dramatic episodes. Alex Kershaw, author of The Liberator: One World War II Soldier s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau--Alex Kershaw"
The greatest true story never told of World War II. A vivid, powerful drama of naval combat, sacrifice, survival, and rescue in the Pacific, Sunk in Kula Gulf is in the capable hands of skilled researcher and master storyteller John Domagalski. Bruce Henderson, author of Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War--Bruce Henderson"
"Sunk in Kula Gulf is a thrilling account of one of World War II's most dramatic episodes."--Alex Kershaw, author of The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau--Alex Kershaw
"The greatest true story never told of World War II. A vivid, powerful drama of naval combat, sacrifice, survival, and rescue in the Pacific, Sunk in Kula Gulf is in the capable hands of skilled researcher and master storyteller John Domagalski."--Bruce Henderson, author of Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War--Bruce Henderson

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