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« on: December 30, 2012, 09:23:55 PM »

I have seen two places on the web that say the balao class carried 24 torpedoes.

The Lionfish looks like it held 10 torpedoes on the skids in the forward torpedo room. Add 6 more if the tubes were loaded and that is 16 torpedoes forward.

I can't tell for sure what the Lionfish had for storage in the aft torpedo room, but 4 torpedoes could fit. Add 4 more if tubes are loaded, and the sum is 8.

Add it all up and the total is 24.

Do I have the allocation correct?


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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 04:48:50 PM »

Yes, the allocation is correct. Tench (SS-417)-class boats carried two more torpedoes forward beneath the deck plates and two more aft along the deck for 28.
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