Allied Warships

Kete (SS-369)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Kete on trials in Lake Michigan in August 1944.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant369 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered6 Jun 1942 
Laid down25 Oct 1943 
Launched9 Apr 1944 
Commissioned30 Jul 1944 
Lost20 Mar 1945 
History

USS Kete (Lt Cmdr Edward Ackerman) is lost on or after 20 March 1945 by unknown causes while enroute to Midway from Colnett Strait, all hands lost. She was due to arrive at Midway on 31 March 1945 and was officially declared overdue on 16 April 1945.

Possibly sunk by the Japanese submarine RO-41 (offsite link).

 

Commands listed for USS Kete (369)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Royal Lawrence Rutter, USN31 Jul 194430 Jan 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Edward Ackerman, USN1 Mar 194520 Mar 1945 (+)

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Notable events involving Kete include:


15 Oct 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Kete (Cmdr Royal Lawrence Rutter) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

31 Oct 1944
USS Kete (Cmdr Royal Lawrence Rutter) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

4 Nov 1944
USS Kete (Cmdr Royal Lawrence Rutter) refuels at Midway.

24 Nov 1944
USS Kete (Cmdr Royal Lawrence Rutter) arrived at Saipan to repair her malfunctioning bow planes.

24 Dec 1944
With the repairs completed USS Kete (Cdr. R.L. Rutter) departed from Saipan to resume her 1st war patrol.

30 Jan 1945
USS Kete (Cdr. R.L. Rutter) ended her 1st war patrol at Guam.

1 Mar 1945
USS Kete (Lt.Cdr. Edward Ackerman) departed from Guam for her 2nd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol of the Ryukyu Islands.

10 Mar 1945
USS Kete (Lt.Cdr. E. Ackerman) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Keizan Maru (2116 GRT) and the Japanese army cargo ships Sanka Maru (2495 GRT) and Dokan Maru (2270 GRT) about 100 nautical miles north-west of Amami o Shima in position 29°48'N, 128°02'E.

14 Mar 1945
USS Kete (Lt.Cdr. E. Ackerman) reports that she had fired four torpedoes but missed a Japanese cable laying vessel. She also reports that she has only three torpedoes left.

Kete was ordered to depart from her patrol area on March 20th.

19 Mar 1945
USS Kete (Lt.Cdr. Edward Ackerman) acknowledged the receipt of these orders to leave her patrol area on the next day.

20 Mar 1945
USS Kete (Lt.Cdr. Edward Ackerman) sent a special weather report. This is the last ever heard from her.

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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