Herbert E. Schauer, US Navy, Submariner, SVC

 
Herb Schauer (pronounced "Shower"), WWII Veteran, US Navy, Submarine Service, SVC
 
Many American aircrewmen during WWII owed their lives to the valor of USN submarine crews. US Subs rescued over 500 aircrewmen.
 
 
Notes of 8th AFHS-Mn luncheon presentation 3-16-2011:
 
Herb's sub was about 375 feet long with 78 personnel aboard. It was a narrow ship, mostly used to cruise the Pacific and pick up ejected pilots. They shot torpedos a few times; once one boomeranged and came back to pass just over the sub. Herb worked in the very noisy engine room, which is where he lost some of his hearing. The turbochargers made a lot of high pitched whirring noises and the crew was not issued any ear protection at all. The ship had five diesel engines, one used strictly for recharging the two huge batteries all of the time. The engines were very good quality. The conning tower was very large with lots of radars and antennae which slowed the boat to about 4 knots underwater. Above the water at full speed it could go maybe 22 knots flat out, but then really burned through the diesel fuel. The ship usually surfaced at night so the crew could go outside and get some fresh air, maybe 6 or 8 at a time.
 
Herb lifted the shell and loaded the gun on deck and set the fuse with a wrench when the sub surfaced to attack a Japanese ship. The sub had a radar that would tell where the shell landed if it missed the ship, and the gun could be adjusted. The sub spent some time in Guam and on R&R in Honolulu, Hawaii. Herb and his crew were not discharged after WWII ended until 1946.
 
 
For an example of the great work US Submarines did in rescuing downed  B-29 aircrews watch the following amazing video which surfaced 65 years after the event.
 
 
Documentary on US Submarines in the Pacific
 
Documentary Part 2
 
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