Allied Warships

Swordfish (SS-193)

Submarine of the Sargo class


USS Swordfish during the war

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassSargo 
Pennant193 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down27 Oct 1937 
Launched1 Apr 1939 
Commissioned22 Jul 1939 
Lost12 Jan 1945 
History

On 2 January 1945 USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montrose) was given orders to clear the area of Nansei Shoto until scheduled allied air attacks were over with. She confirmed understanding the order on the 3rd but was not heard from again. There is no explanation for its loss. There were no survivors. The date given is an aproximate one.

 

Commands listed for USS Swordfish (193)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Chester Carl Smith, USN22 Jul 19393 Jan 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Jack Hayden Lewis, USN3 Jan 19433 May 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Frank Mahlon Parker, USN3 May 1943Ca. Oct 43
4Frank Lloyd Barrows, USNCa. Oct 4319 Dec 1943
5Capt. Karl Goldsmith Hensel, USN19 Dec 19438 Feb 1944
6Lt.Cdr. Keats Edmund Montrose, USN8 Feb 194412 Jan 1945 (+)

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Notable events involving Swordfish include:


8 Dec 1941
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) left Manila for her first war patrol. She was to patrol off Hainan, China.

14 Dec 1941
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Nikkoku Mau (2728 GRT) off Hainan, China in position 18°08'N, 109°18'E. She also torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Kashii Maru (8407 GRT) in position 18°08'N, 109°22'E.

16 Dec 1941
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Atsutasan Maru (8663 GRT) off the coast of Indo-China in position 18°06'N, 109°44'E.

27 Dec 1941
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) embarked the organizational staff of the Submarines Asiatic Command Staff at Manila and headed for Soerabaja, Java, Netherlands East Indies arriving there on 7 January 1942.

16 Jan 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) left Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies for her second war patrol. She was to patrol in the Celebes Sea and in the Philippines.

24 Jan 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Myoken Maru (4124 GRT) north of Kema, Celebes in position 01°26'N, 125°08'E.

20 Feb 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) took on board the President of the Philippines and his family. Swordfish departed through a minefield and arrived at San Jose, Panay, Philippine Islands on 22 February where the President and his party were transferred to a motor tender. Swordfish then returned to Manila Bay on the 24th and embarked 13 civilian evacuees, including Commissioner Francis Sayre and his staff, and 5 military personnel, 18 in total.

9 Mar 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

1 Apr 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) left Fremantle, Australia for her third war patrol. She was ordered to deliver 40 tons of provisions to the besieged island of Corregidor, however Corregidor fell before this mission could be carried through so Swordfish was ordered and the submarine was ordered to patrol in the vicinity of Ambon Island.

1 May 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) ended her third war patrol when she returned to Fremantle.

15 May 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) left Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was to patrol in the South China Sea.

29 May 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Tatsufuku Maru (1946 GRT) at the south-western entrance to Balabac Strait in position 07°33'N, 116°18'E.

12 Jun 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Burma Maru (4585 GRT) northwest of Pulo Wai, in the Gulf of Siam in position 10°08'N, 102°34'E.

4 Jul 1942
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

19 Jan 1943
After two fruitless war patrols (5th and 6th), USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Lewis), by now on her seventh war patrol, sank the Japanese transport ship Myoho Maru (4122 GRT) in the Solomons Islands chain in position 05°38'S, 156°20'E.

23 Feb 1943
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Lewis) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul.

29 Jul 1943
With her overhaul and refresher training completed USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Parker) left base for her eight war patrol. She was to patrol off Palau.

22 Aug 1943
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Parker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Nishiyama Maru (3016 GRT) off Palau in position 02°53'N, 136°21'E.

5 Sep 1943
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Parker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Tenkai Maru (3203 GRT) north of New Guinea in position 01°35'N, 141°45'E.

20 Sep 1943
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Parker) ended her eight war patrol when she returned to base at Brisbane, Australia.

26 Dec 1943
After her 9th war patrol had to be aborted due to mechanical problems, USS Swordfish (Capt. K.G. Hensel) left Midway for her 10th war patrol on 26 December 1943. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters of the main island Honshu.

14 Jan 1944
USS Swordfish (Capt. K.G. Hensel) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Yamakuni Maru (6925 GRT) off Hachijo Jima, south of Honshu in position 33°16'N, 139°30'E.

16 Jan 1944
USS Swordfish (Capt. K.G. Hensel) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Delhi Maru (2205 GRT) off Miyake Jima, Honshu, Japan in position 34°04'N, 139°56'E.

27 Jan 1944
USS Swordfish (Capt. K.G. Hensel) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Kasagi Maru (3140 GRT) about 130 nautical miles south of Tokyo Bay in position 33°31'N, 139°36'E.

7 Feb 1944
USS Swordfish (Capt. K.G. Hensel) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

13 Mar 1944
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montrose) left Pearl Harbor for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area.

29 Apr 1944
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montrose) ended her 11th war patrol without scoring a "kill". She returns to base at Majure.

9 Jun 1944
While on her 12th war patrol USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montrose) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Matsukaze (offsite link) about 70 nautical miles south-east of Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands in position 26°59'N, 143°13'E.

15 Jun 1944
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montrose) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kanseishi Maru (4804 GRT) about 150 nautical miles north-north-west of Chichi Jima in position 29°30'N, 144°07'E.

30 Jun 1944
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montrose) ended her 12th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. Swordfish went into refit.

22 Dec 1944
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montrose) left Pearl Harbor for her 13th war patrol. She was to patrol of Nansei Shoto. On 26 December 1944 she topped off with fuel at Midway. On 2 January 1945, she was ordered to patrol clear of the Nansei Shoto area until completion of scheduled air strikes. She acknowledged receipt of these orders on 3 January. No further communication was received from the submarine. On 15 February, after repeated attempts to contact her by radio had failed, she was reported as presumed lost, the victim of unknown causes.

Media links


The Last Patrol

Holmes, Harry


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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