On the night of 20th November 1944, at 0301hrs, the Kongo was struck by two torpedoes fired from the USS Sealion, with the escort destroyer Urakaze being hit by a third and sunk. Though damaged and listing, the Kongō was still able to make way and continued with the group until the extent of the damage forced her to slowly fall out from the formation. Permission was sought and granted for the Kongō to make for the nearby port of Keelung, on the northern tip of Taiwan some 65 nautical miles to the southeast, and the Kongo departed the main group at 0440hrs along with a small destroyer escort.
Within fifteen minutes of detaching herself from the main force, the Kongōo found herself listing at 45 degrees and flooding uncontrollably. At 0518, the vessel was dead in the water and the order was given to abandon ship once it was ...read more