Allied Warships

Permit (SS-178)

Submarine of the Perch class


USS Permit as seen as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassPerch 
Pennant178 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down6 Jun 1935 
Launched7 Oct 1936 
Commissioned17 Mar 1937 
End service15 Nov 1945 
History

Decommissioned 15 November 1945.
Placed in service, in reserve, on 24 January 1947, at Philadelphia Navy Yard Reserve Basin for service as dockside training submarine for Submarine Naval Reservists at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Stricken 26 July 1956.
Sold 28 June 1958 to be broken up for scrap to A. G. Schoonmaker Inc., New York City, New York.

 

Commands listed for USS Permit (178)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Charles Owen Humphreys, USN17 Mar 193710 May 1939
2Adrian Melvin Hurst, USN10 May 193914 Feb 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple, USN14 Feb 19424 Aug 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Carter Lowe Bennett, USN4 Aug 194320 Mar 1944
5Lt.Cdr. Donald Arthur Scherer, USN20 Mar 194424 Dec 1944
6Lt.Cdr. Herbert Irving Mandel, USN24 Dec 19442 Nov 1945
7Stanley J. Bednarcyzk, USNR2 Nov 194515 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Permit include:


11 Dec 1941
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Adrian Melvin Hurst) left Manila for her first war patrol, and was ordered to patrol west of Luzon.

20 Dec 1941
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Hurst) ended her first war patrol when she returned to Manila.

22 Dec 1941
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Hurst) left Manila for her second war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol west of Luzon.

27 Dec 1941
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Hurst) ended her second war patrol when she returned to base in order to pick up members of Admiral Hart's staff.

28 Dec 1941
After picking up the members of Admiral Hart's staff, USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Hurst) left base for her third war patrol.

6 Feb 1942
After patrolling in the southern Philippines, USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Hurst) ended her third war patrol at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies. There she also landed her passengers.

22 Feb 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) left Surabaya for her 4th war patrol.

13 Mar 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) sank the disabled US motor torpedo boat USS PT 32 with gunfire 1 nautical mile south-west of Taguayan Island, Philippines in position 10°58'N, 121°12'E.

16 Mar 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) delivers ammunition to Corregidor and evacuates some 40 officers and men.
Permit also had the 7 crewmen of the motor torpedo boat PT 32 on board.
Permit was so overcrowded the Commanding Officer was actually reprimanded upon arrival in Australia because of endangering his ship.

6 Apr 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her fourth war patrol at Fremantle, Australia

5 May 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) left Fremantle for her 5th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in Strait Makassar.

11 Jun 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 5th war patrol when she returned to Fremantle.

12 Jul 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) left Fremantle for her 6th war patrol.

30 Aug 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 6th war patrol when she returned to base at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

5 Feb 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) left base for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the coast of Honshu, Japan.

8 Mar 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Hisashima Maru (2747 GRT) off the northern tip of Honshu in position 41°16'N, 142°27'E.

16 Mar 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 7th war patrol when she returned to base.

6 Apr 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) left Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the shipping lanes between the Mariana Islands to Truk in the Caroline Islands.

6 Apr 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Tokai Maru (8359 GRT) at Apra Harbor, Guam in position 13°27'N, 144°35'E.

25 May 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

20 Jun 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Midway for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

6 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Banshu Maru No.33 (787 GRT) west of Hokkaido in position 43°35'N, 140°21'E.

7 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Showa Maru (2212 GRT) off Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan in position 43°14'N, 139°53'E.

9 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) mistakenly sank the Soviet oceanographic vessel Seiner No.20 (55 GRT) about 27 nautical miles off Kaiba To. Once the mistake is realized, Permit comes alongside the blazing vessel and rescues the survivors before the Russian craft sinks. The Soviet sailors are taken to Akutan, Alaska.

27 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 9th war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.

23 Aug 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Carter Lowe Bennett) leaves Pearl Harbor on her 10th war patrol with orders for a photographic reconnaissance of several atolls in the Marshall Islands.

9 Sep 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. C.L. Bennett) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant Tateyama Maru (3787 GRT) off Kwajalein in position 09°00'N, 168°40'E.

12 Sep 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. C.L. Bennett) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese aircraft transport Fujikawa Maru (6938 GRT, offsite link) off Kwajalein in position 08°23'N, 165°12'E.

13 Sep 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. C.L. Bennett) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet tanker Shiretoko (14050 GRT, offsite link) off Kwajalein in position 08°33'N, 164°40'E.

24 Sep 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Carter Lowe Bennett) ended her 10th war patrol when she returns to base at Pearl Harbor. Her 11th war patrol was in the Caroline Islands area from early January 1944 to mid-March 1944. Her 12th war patrol was in the same area where she was on lifeguard duty.

30 Jun 1944
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Donald Arthur Scherer) left Majuro for her 13th war patrol.

13 Aug 1944
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Scherer) ended her 13th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

21 Sep 1944
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Scherer) left Brisbane for her 14th and final war patrol. Once again she was assigned to lifeguard duty off Truk.

11 Nov 1944
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Scherer) ended her 14th and last war patrol at Pearl Harbor. USS Permit was now assigned to training duties. She left Pearl Harbor bound for the U.S. east coast on 29 January 1945.

11 Feb 1945
USS Permit arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

13 Feb 1945
USS Permit departed the Panama Canal Zone for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

24 Feb 1945
USS Permit arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a refit.

11 May 1945
USS Permit departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut.

12 May 1945
USS Permit arrived at New London, Connecticut.

19 May 1945
USS Permit arrived at Newport, Rhode Island to conduct special test of the Bureau of Ordnance.

13 Jun 1945
USS Permit arrived at New London, Connecticut from Bar Harbour, Maine.

10 Jul 1945
USS Permit depared New London, Connecticut for Provincetown, Massachusetts for special trials.

11 Jul 1945
Having completed her special trials, USS Permit, depared Provincetown, Massachusetts and arrived at New London, Connecticut.

23 Jul 1945
USS Permit shifted from New London, Connecticut to Newport, Rhode Island.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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