Today, Flier is still heading south-southwest, heading for her re-fueling point on Johnston Atoll.
Submarines didn’t go X miles per gallon. They burned X gallons of fuel per mile. Keep in mind that these boats are running the equivalent of four locomotive engines, sometimes at the same time, but they still chewed through their diesel. Approximately 9.7 gallons per nautical mile, as a matter of fact.
So most submarines had a refueling point where they had relatively safe waters to fuel up and give them that much more reach into their patrol areas. They were not supposed to re-fuel on their way back to their home port, but if necessary, the option was there. A submarine leaving Pearl had Midway and Johnston Atolls, depending if they were patrolling more northern or southern routes. From Fremantle, there was Darwin Australia.
So sixty six years ago today, that’s where Flier was. There’s a rather interesting note in tomorrow’s deck log. A tantalizing clue, I just wish I could find out more. Maybe the families of those involved might though.