August Lost Boats

USS Bullhead (SS-332)

Lost on August 6,1945 with the loss of 84 crew members in the Lombok Strait while on her 3rd war patrol when sunk by a depth charge dropped by a Japanese Army p lane. Bullhead was the last submarine lost during WWII.

Class: SS 285
Commissioned: 12/4/1944
Launched: 7/16/1944
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynamics)
Length: 312 Beam: 27
#Officers: 10 #Enlisted: 71
Fate: U. S. and British submarines operating in the vicinity were unable to contact Bullhead and it was presumed that she was sunk during Japanese antisubmarine attacks. 84 men lost. Bullhead was the last boat lost in WWII.

USS Flier (SS-250)

Lost on August 13,1944, with the loss of 78 crew members while on her 2nd war patrol. Flier was transiting on the surface when she was rocked by a massive explosion (probably a mine) and sank within less than a minute. 13 survivors, some injured, made it into the water and swam to shore. 8 survived and 6 days later friendly natives guided them to a Coast Watcher and they were evacuated by the USS Redfin (SS-272).

Class: SS 212
Commissioned: 10/18/1943
Launched: 7/11/1943
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynamics)
Length: 307 Beam: 27
#Officers: 6 #Enlisted: 54
Fate: Flier was sunk by a mine in the South China Sea 12 Aug 1944. 78 men lost. 8 men survived, swimming to shore. Numerous others made it out of the boat, but drowned.

USS S-39 (SS-144)

Lost on August 13,1942 after grounding on a reef south of Rossel Island while on her 3rd war patrol. The entire crew was able to get off and rescued by the HMAS Katoomba.

Class: SS S
Commissioned: 9/14/1923
Launched: 7/2/1919
Builder: Bethlehem Steel Co
Length: 219 Beam: 27
#Officers: 4 #Enlisted: 34
Fate: S-39 grounded on submerged rocks off Rossel Island and took on a 35° list to port. The crew was rescued. The S-39 was abandonded and left to “break up” on the rocks.

USS Harder (SS-257)

Lost on August 24,1944 with the loss of 79 crew members from a depth charge attack by a minesweeper near Bataan while on her 6th war patrol. Harder had won a Presidential Unit Citation for her first 5 war patrols and CDR Dealey was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. Harder is tied for 9th in the number of enemy ships sunk.

Class: SS 212
Commissioned: 12/2/1942
Launched: 8/19/1942
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynaics)
Length: 312 Beam: 27
#Officers: 6 #Enlisted: 54
Fate: Sunk by Japanese destroyer 24 Aug 1944. 79 men lost. CDR. Dealey, “a submariner’s submariner,” was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Harder received six battle stars for World War II service.

USS Cochino (SS-345)

Lost on August 26, 1949 after being jolted by a violent polar gale off Norway caused an electrical fire and battery explosion that generated hydrogen and chlorine gasses. In extremely bad weather, men of Cochino and Tusk (SS-426) fought to save the submarine for 14 hours. After a 2nd battery explosion, Abandon Ship was ordered and Cochino sank. Tusk’s crew rescued all of Cochino’s men except for one civilian engineer. Six sailors from Tusk were lost during the rescue.

Class: SS 285
Commissioned: 8/25/1945
Launched: 4/20/1945
Builder: Electric Boat Co (General Dynaics)
Length: 312 Beam: 27
#Officers: 10 #Enlisted: 71
Fate: Men of Cochino and Tusk(SS-426) fought to save the submarine for 14 hours, performing acts of skillful seamanship and high courage. But a second battery explosion made “Abandon Ship” the only possible order, and Cochino sank at 71°35′ N., 23°35′ E.