Allied Warships

Dorado (SS-248)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Dorado being launched on 23 May 1943.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant248 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down27 Aug 1942 
Launched23 May 1943 
Commissioned28 Aug 1943 
Lost12 Oct 1943 
Loss position12° 21'N, 78° 50'W
History

USS Dorado (Lt.Cdr. Earle Caffrey Schneider, USN) was most likely lost on 12 October 1943 in the Carribean in approximate position 12º21'N, 78º50'W due to an attack by an American aircraft from Guantanamo Bay.
It is also possible that she was lost to mines from U-214 on 14 October but this is unlikely.

The submarine was in transit from the New London submarine base to the Panama Canal.

 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 14 Oct 1943 by U-214 (Stock).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the USS Dorado

Commands listed for USS Dorado (248)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Earle Caffrey Schneider, USN28 Aug 194312 Oct 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Dorado include:


12 Sep 1943
USS Dorado (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Schneider, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Newport, Rhode Island for torpedo trials.

15 Sep 1943
USS Dorado (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Schneider, USN) returned to New London, Connecticut from Newport Rhode Island for emergency repairs at her builders yard.

19 Sep 1943
With her repairs completed, USS Dorado (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Schneider, USN), departed New London, Connecticut for Newport, Rhode Island to complete her torpedo trials.

20 Sep 1943
Having completed her torpedo trials, USS Dorado (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Schneider, USN), returned to New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

6 Oct 1943
With her trials and initial training completed USS Dorado (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Schneider, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone where she is scheduled to arrive on 14 October.

23 Oct 2011
"USS DORADO (SS-248): On Eternal Patrol" - a 614-page book on the sub and its officers and crew, researched and written by Douglas Campbell, was released on this day.
ISBN 978-1-257-95155-0 (1)

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


The Last Patrol

Holmes, Harry


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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