Frederick Luedemann (10th from the left in the upper row I think) was a Fireman-First Class on the United States submarine Shark, which was sunk with all hands near Hainan Island October 29, 1944.
Or near Luzon. One account states the following:
SHARK was lost during her third war patrol, probably in the vicinity of
On 24 October, SEADRAGON received a message from SHARK stating that she had made radar contact with a single freighter, and that she was going to attack. This was the last message received from the submarine, and all subsequent attempts to contact SHARK failed.
She was reported as presumed lost on 27 November. According to Japanese records examined after the war, on 24 October 1944, in
The Shark was a Balao class submarine, and the photo of another Balao class sub, the Lagarto, gives some details of her appearance.
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From the Indianapolis Star:
Local Pilot Gets Navy Cross for Sinking Warship
An Indianapolis navy pilot credited with scoring a direct hit on a Jap destroyer and sinking it June 20, 1944, has been awarded the Navy Cross at the Miami (Fla.) navel air station.
He is Lieut. Carl F. Luedemann, 25 years old, brother of Miss Martha Luedemann, 1009 Villa avenue.
The citation accompanying the award read, in part: “Lieut. Luedemann distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy as a pilot of a carrier-based torpedo plane in an engagement with the Japanese fleet.
Despite heavy and intense anti-aircraft fire and the presence of enemy fighter planes, he successfully maneuvered his plane into a position to attack an enemy destroyer, obtained a direct hit, sinking the destroyer.”
Lieut, Luedemann, a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, was enrolled in the school of engineering at Purdue University prior to enlisting in the navy in May, 1941.
He left for overseas duty in August, 1943 and returned to the United States last September.
A brother, Frederick Luedemann, Fireman first class, is serving aboard a submarine in the South Pacific.