The USS Puffer in World War II: A History of the Submarine and Its Wartime Crew
Craig R. McDonald. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland and Company, 2008. 319 pp. Illus. Maps. Bib. Index. Appens. $39.95.
This engaging book traces the Puffer (SS-268) from commissioning in April 1943, to her departure for the scrap yard in late 1960. The author obviously devoted much time to in-depth research of the boat's history and interviewing as many of her crewmen as possible.
Events recollected here encompass the Puffer's first war patrol, when she went through a then record-setting 38-hour submergence to avoid enemy fire, dangerous transfer of torpedoes in enemy waters, and the sub's furious bombardment of Japanese shore installations with her 5-inch deck gun.