USS Billfish sent Japanese tanker to bottom

The USS Billfish sent 19 Japanese ships to the bottom and rescued the co-pilot of a B-29 Superfortress on its way back from bombing Japan. Don Alger, who is a resident at the Douglas T. Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, Fla. sailed aboard the Billfish on her last two combats missions

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The USS Billfish sent 19 Japanese ships to the bottom and rescued the co-pilot of a B-29 Superfortress on its way back from bombing Japan. Don Alger, who is a resident at the Douglas T. Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, sailed aboard the Billfish on her last two combats missions. Photo provided The USS Billfish sent 19 Japanese ships to the bottom and rescued the co-pilot of a B-29 Superfortress on its way back from bombing Japan. Don Alger, who is a resident at the Douglas T. Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, Fla. sailed aboard the Billfish on her last two combats missions. Photo provided

It was late in the war. Petty Officer 3rd Class Don Alger was on his first combat patrol aboard the USS Billfish (SS-286) sailing into Japanese waters. He was scared.

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