Today, the Flier will be running more training runs outside San Francisco, the Redfin and Robalo are both on patrol, and both about to undergo events that, in retrospect, would foreshadow their futures.
Robalo, seen in the green in the map below, is on her way into her first war patrol, heading for Sibutu Passage, and on to the Philippines. We’ll return to her in a couple of days.
Redfin, seen in the yellow, was on her way home to Fremantle, after a very successful patrol. She was supposed to go through Makassar Passage, and Lombok, when she received an order to turn around and head for Sibutu Passage for a Special Mission in Northwest Borneo.
At the end of the day, she found out what she was supposed to do: six British Nationals were trapped and needed to be picked up and transported to safety. Redfin was selected in part because she was in the area and already on her way home. (No submarine wanted to carry civilians for longer than was absolutely necessary).