February Lost Boats

USS Barbel (SS-316)

Lost on Feb 4,1945 with the loss of 81 officers and men on her 4th war patrol. Based on Japanese records, she was bombed near the southern entrance to the Palawan Passage. The day before, she reported she survived 3 depth charge attacks.

Class: SS 285
Commissioned: 4/3/1944
Launched: 11/14/1943
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynamics)
Length: 312, Beam: 27
#Officers: 10, #Enlisted: 71
Fate: Barbel sent a message reporting that she had been attacked three times by enemy aircrafting depth charges and would transmit further information on the following night. Barbel was never heard from again. 81 men lost.

USS Shark I (SS-174)

Lost on Feb 11,1942 with the loss of 59 officers and men on her 1st war patrol. Shark was the 1st US submarine sunk by enemy surface craft in the Pacific. She was most likely sunk by depth charges.

Class: SS 172
Commissioned: 1/25/1936
Launched: 5/21/1935
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynamics)
Length: 298, Beam: 25
#Officers: 5, #Enlisted: 45
Fate: Shark was reported as presumed lost, the victim of unknown causes. 59 men lost

USS Amberjack (SS-219)

Lost on Feb 16,1943 with the loss of 72 officers and men on her 3rd war patrol. Off Rabaul, she was attacked by a Japanese patrol plane, attacked by a torpedo boat and then depth charged by a subchaser. One additional man was killed earlier on the last patrol.

Class: SS 212
Commissioned: 6/19/1942
Launched: 3/6/1942
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynamics)
Length: 312, Beam: 27
#Officers: 6, #Enlisted: 54
Fate: She reported having been forced down on the 13th by two destroyers, and that she had recovered an enemy aviator from the water and taken him prisoner. All further messages to the vessel remained unanswered. 72 men lost.

USS Grayback (SS-208)

Lost on Feb 26,1944 with the loss of 80 officers and men on her 10th war patrol. She appears to have been caught on the surface in the East China Sea by a Japanese carrier plane whose bombs made a direct hit. During this patrol she sank 4 ships totaling 21,594 tons and was tied for 11th in the number of ships sunk.

Class: SS 198
Commissioned: 6/30/1941
Launched: 1/31/1941
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynamics)
Length: 307, Beam: 27
#Officers: 6, #Enlisted: 54
Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft in East China Sea. All 80 crewmen lost.

USS Trout (SS-202)

Lost on Feb 29,1944 with the loss of 81 officers and men on her 11th war patrol. She was sunk by escorts in the middle of the Philippines Basin after sinking a passenger-cargoman and damaging another in a convoy. She carried out several notable special missions, including carrying over two tons of gold bullion out of Corregidor in February 1942.

Class: SS 198
Commissioned: 11/15/1940
Launched: 5/21/1940
Builder: Portsmouth Navy Yard
Length: 307, Beam: 27
#Officers: 6, #Enlisted: 54
Fate: Trout topped off with fuel at Midway and was never heard from again. Japanese records indicate that one of their convoys was attacked by a submarine on 29 February 1944 in the area assigned to Trout. Possibly one of the convoy’s escorts sank the Trout.