Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion by Peter F. Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery of the USS Grunion. Discovered in 2006 after a decades-long, high-risk search by the Abele brothers—whose father commanded the submarine and met his untimely death aboard it—one question remained: what sank the USS Grunion? Was it a round from a Japanese ship, a catastrophic mechanical failure, or something else—one of the sub’s own torpedoes? For almost half the war, submarine skippers’ complaints about the MK 14 torpedo’s dangerous flaws were ignored by naval brass, who sent the subs out with the defective weapon. Fatal Dive is the first book that documents the entire saga of the ship and its crew and provides compelling evidence that the Grunion was a victim of “The Great Torpedo Scandal of 1941-43.” Fatal Dive finally lays to rest one of World War II’s greatest mysteries.
About the Author
Peter F. Stevens, news and features editor of The Boston Irish Reporter , is a veteran journalist with a specialty in historical writing. His work is syndicated by The New York Times and has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers. Stevens is also a two-time winner of the International Regional Magazine Association's Gold Medal for Feature Writing and the award-winning author of The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom. He lives in Boston, MA.
Table of Contents
The Crew of the USS Grunion ix
Chapter 1 "We've Got a Target" 1
Chapter 2 An Unconventional Course 7
Chapter 3 The Submariner 17
Chapter 4 "Into the Thick of Things" 27
Chapter 5 Battle Stations 39
Chapter 6 The Enemy Awaiting Them 49
Chapter 7 A Mysterious Message 57
Chapter 8 "As We Waited for the End" 63
Chapter 9 "Missing and Presumed Lost" 73
Chapter 10 Making Do with Less 83
Chapter 11 A Chart, a Clue, and a Chance Meeting 91
Chapter Tweleve Logistics of a Long Shot 99
Chapter 13 "We Haven't Seen the Worst of it Yet" 105
Chapter 14 "That Looks Like a Sub" 115
Chapter 15 "Don't Let Your Desire for This to Be the Right Target Fool You" 127
Chapter 16 By Land, Sea, and Air 135
Chapter 17 "There She Is" 143
Chapter 18 Lost and Found-Again 147
Chapter 19 From Bow to Stern 153
Chapter 20 "They Wanted to Be Found" 165
Epilogue: There One Moment, Gone the Next 169
Selected Bibliography 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful issue of non-fiction which brings back many memories. I was in my teens when this disaster occurred and it is marvelous that this submarine Commander's three sons, 67 years later, were able to locate the sub in some of the most treacherous waters in the world. The families of all the crew members, officers and enlisted alike, must have been very grateful that this was undertaken and so successfully.
A great book! Who’d have thought there are still exciting, unexplored mysteries from WWII? Peter Stevens has found a fascinating one which he lays out and solves in a “couldn’t put the book down” fashion. My hat is off to him as well as to the Abeles who, against all odds, answer the 60 year old question of what sank the USS Grunion with all hands and even locate the sub itself.