Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Japanese Attack on USS Panay (PR-5)

On December 12, 1937, after Japan invaded Nanking, China, USS Panay (PR-5) was evacuating American citizens when it came under attack from Japanese aircraft, killing three men and wounding 43 sailors and five civilians.   The Japanese claimed the attack was unintentional.  After a formal protest, a large indemnity was paid early the next year and the incident was officially settled.  

Image:  NH 50832:  USS Panay (PR-5) under Japanese attack, December 12, 1937.   U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.