Allied Warships

Sea Poacher (SS-406)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Sea Poacher with a blimp

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant406 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down23 Feb 1944 
Launched20 May 1944 
Commissioned30 Jul 1944 
End service15 Nov 1969 
History

Decommissioned 15 November 1969.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Stricken 15 August 1973.
Transferred to Peru 1 July 1974 and renamed Pabellion de Pica (S-49). Decomissioned by the Peruvian Navy in 1995.

 

Commands listed for USS Sea Poacher (406)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Francis Michel Gambacorta, USN30 Jul 1944Apr 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Charles Francis Leigh, USNApr 1945

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Notable events involving Sea Poacher include:


25 Oct 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr. Francis Michel Gambacorta) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

15 May 1945
While on her 3rd war patrol USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr. Charles Francis Leigh) sank Japanese army luggers Ume Maru No.56 (100 GRT) and Fukumo Maru (20 GRT) with gunfire of the Kurile Islands in position 45°29'N, 149°01'E.

20 Jul 1945
While on her 4th war patrol USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr C.F. Leigh) sank two small Japanese vessels with gunfire off the east coast of Honshu, Japan in position 37°29'N, 141°06'E.

23 Jul 1945
While on her 4th war patrol USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr C.F. Leigh) sank the Japanese guard boat Kiri Maru No.2 (334 GRT) with gunfire off the east coast of Honshu, Japan in position 37°16'N, 141°04'E.

24 Jul 1945
While on her 4th war patrol USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr C.F. Leigh) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the east coast of Honshu, Japan in position 37°10'N, 141°05'E.

26 Jul 1945
While on her 4th war patrol USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr C.F. Leigh) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the Tsugaru Strait, Japan in position 42°06'N, 142°50'E.

27 Jul 1945
While on her 4th war patrol USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr C.F. Leigh) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the Tsugaru Strait, Japan in position 42°14'N, 143°26'E.

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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