Allied Warships

Capelin (SS-289)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Capelin as completed.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant289 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered24 Dec 1941 
Laid down14 Sep 1942 
Launched20 Jan 1943 
Commissioned4 Jun 1943 
Lost23 Nov 1943 
History

Went missing in the Celebes Sea in late November / early December 1943. Possibly sunk by Japanese aircraft and the Japanese minelayer Wakataka (offsite link) off Kaoe Bay, Halmahera on 23 November 1943. She is also reported as being sighted by USS Bonefish on 2 December 1943. Commandinding Officer was (Cmdr Elliott Eugene Marshall)

 

Commands listed for USS Capelin (289)

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1Lt.Cdr. Elliott Eugene Marshall, USN4 Jun 194323 Nov 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Capelin include:


3 Sep 1943
With her trials and initial training completed USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

11 Sep 1943
USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

15 Sep 1943
USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall, USN) transited the Panama Canal.

30 Oct 1943
USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall) departed from Fremantle for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Molucca, Flores, and Banda Seas.

11 Nov 1943
USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Kunitama Maru (3127 GRT) north-west of Ambon in position 03°08'S, 127°30'E.

15 Nov 1943
USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall) ended her 1st war patrol at Darwin, Australia.

17 Nov 1943
USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall) departed from Darwin for her 2nd war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Molucca, Flores, and Banda Seas.

23 Nov 1943
USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall) possibly torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Kizan Maru (2841 GRT) off Halmahera in position 01°50'N, 127°55'E.

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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