Allied Warships

Brill (SS-330)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Brill shortly after the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant330 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered6 Jun 1942 
Laid down23 Sep 1943 
Launched25 Jun 1944 
Commissioned26 Oct 1944 
End service23 May 1948 
History

Decommissioned and transferred to Turkey 23 May 1948.
Stricken by the U.S.N. 25 May 1948

 

Commands listed for USS Brill (330)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Harry Benjamin Dodge, USN26 Oct 194422 Aug 1945
2T/Lt.Cdr. Raymond Wellington Alexander, USN22 Aug 19453 Apr 1946

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The history of USS Brill as compiled on this page is extracted from her patrol reports.

This page was last updated in February 2017.

5 Nov 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived at Newport, Rhode Island from New London, Connecticut for torpedo trials.

8 Nov 1944
With her torpedo trials completed, USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN), returned to New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

9 Nov 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) is put on the slipway at New London.

10 Nov 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) is put back in the water.

25 Nov 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Bray (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Hetherington, 3rd, USNR).

26 Nov 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Bray (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Hetherington, 3rd, USNR).

27 Nov 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Richey (Cdr. J.H Forney, USCG) and USS Bray (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Hetherington, 3rd, USNR).

28 Nov 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Richey (Cdr. J.H Forney, USCG) and USS Bray (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Hetherington, 3rd, USNR).

7 Dec 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

15 Dec 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone from New London, Connecticut.

16 Dec 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises in Panama Bay together with USS Paul Jones (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Payne, USNR) and USS Barker (Lt. H. Smith, USNR).

17 Dec 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises in Panama Bay together with USS Paul Jones (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Payne, USNR), USS Barker (Lt. H. Smith, USNR) and USS MacLeish (Lt. D.S. Cramer, USNR).

18 Dec 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises in Panama Bay together with USS Paul Jones (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Payne, USNR), USS Barker (Lt. H. Smith, USNR) and USS MacLeish (Lt. D.S. Cramer, USNR).

23 Dec 1944
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

8 Jan 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

15 Jan 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Austin (Lt. W.H. White, USNR), USS Harold C. Thomas (Lt. G. Cheshire, Jr., USNR) and USS Trepang (Cdr. A.R. Faust, USN).

16 Jan 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Austin (Lt. W.H. White, USNR), USS Harold C. Thomas (Lt. G. Cheshire, Jr., USNR) and USS Trepang (Cdr. A.R. Faust, USN).

28 Jan 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea. She was escorted out by USS PC-1139 (Lt.(jg) D.F. Atkinson, USNR).

For daily positions (though incomplete) of USS Brill during this patrol see the map below.

9 Feb 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived at Saipan to top off with fuel. She was escorted in by USS LCI(L)-1063.

10 Feb 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed Saipan for her patrol area. She was escorted out by USS LCI(L)-1063.

18 Mar 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed her patrol area for Fremantle, Australia.

25 Mar 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) conducted a special operation (no details available to us at this moment).

26 Mar 1945
In the early morining hours, USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN), passed Lombok Strait southbound while on the surface.

31 Mar 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia. She was escorted in by USS Isabel (Lt. E.G. Zacher, USNR). At Fremantle she was refitted by Submarine Division 302 and the Fremantle submarine repair unit (no. 137).

27 Apr 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam / East coast of Malaya.

For daily positions (though incomplete) of USS Brill during this patrol see the map below.

2 May 1945
In the evening, USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN), passed Lombok Strait northobund while on the surface.

4 Jun 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed her patrol area for Subic Bay, Philippines.

8 Jun 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines. She was escorted in by USS Woodson (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Corlett, USNR). At Subic Bay she was refitted by USS Howard W. Gilmore and a relief crew of Submarine Division 222.

3 Jul 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed from Subic Bay for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam. She was escorted out by USS Johnnie Hutchins (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Godsey, USNR).

For daily and attack positions (though incomplete) of USS Brill during this patrol see the map below.

11 Jul 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) made three torpedoes attacks on an escorted ship east of Pattani, Siam. No hits were obtained. The ship and it's escort could not be identified.

(All times are zone G, -7)
1955 hours - In position 06°50'N, 101°51'E obtained radar contact at ranges of 9000 and 10000 yards. The farthest pip was the largest. One of the targets was echo ranging. Commenced tracking.

2015 hours - Went to battle stations.

2045 hours - In position 06°47'N, 101°50'E fired four stern torpedoes from 3200 yards. No hits were obtained and no pursuit by the escort developed. Started reload aft and began a second approach.

2111 hours - In position 06°48'N, 101°47'E fired four torpedoes from the bow tubes from 2500 yards.

2113 hours - Heard one explosion. No pursuit developed. The target group was tracked as being stopped for about 15 minutes. Then they went ahead again at 3.5 knots.

2130 hours - Commenced a third approach on the target group.

2305 hours - In position 06°46'N, 101°42'E fired three bow torpedoes from 2100 yards. No hits were obtained.

19 Jul 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) attacked the Japanese destroyer Kamikaze with four torpedoes in the Gulf of Siam in position 07°32'N, 103°45'E. No hits were obtained. No counter attack followed.

Kamikaze was part of the escort of a convoy made up of the small tankers Kyoei Maru No.3 (1189 GRT, built 1941), Hishi Maru No.3 (851 GRT, built 1944) and two other unidentified ships. Besides Kamikaze they were escorted by the auxiliary minesweeper Toshi Maru and two other unidentified escorts.

(All times are zone G, -7)
1910 hours - In position 07°10'N, 103°52'E obtained radar contact bearing 215°(T), range 20000 yards. There were five pips on the screen. Sent out contact report and commenced tracking.

2118 hours - In a position 6 miles ahead of the convoy, which was zig-zagging on a base course north at a speed of 8 knots. Went to battle stations and commenced attack.

2142 hours - In position 07°32'N, 103°45'E fired four bow torpedoes from 2900 yards at the destroyer. Two minutes after firing the target turned towards and as a result all torpedoes missed. No counter attack developed.

24 Jul 1945
At 1235 hours (zone G, -7), USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN), picked up two Siamese from a raft. They had been adrift for five days. After a bath they appeared to be in good condition.

29 Jul 1945
In the morning, USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN), went alongside a junk in position 06.45'N, 101.51'E. The cargo of 54 bags of sugar was jettisonned and the junk was then allowed to proceed.

In the evening Brill departed her patrol area for Fremantle, Australia.

(All times are zone G, -7)

3 Aug 1945
In the evening, USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN), made the southbound passage of Lombok Strait on the surface.

9 Aug 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle. At Fremantle she was refitted by USS Clytie.

31 Aug 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed Fremantle for Subic Bay.

9 Sep 1945
USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived at Subic Bay from Fremantle.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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