Allied Warships

S-39 (SS-144)

Submarine of the S-1 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS-1 
Pennant144 
Built byUnion Iron Works (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down14 Jan 1919 
Launched2 Jul 1919 
Commissioned14 Sep 1923 
Lost16 Aug 1942 
History

USS S-39 (Lt Francis Elwood Brown) was grounded on submerged rocks off Rossel Island, Coral Sea on 14 August 1942. On 16 August the crew was rescued by the Australian minsweeper HMAS Katoomba and taken to Townsville. S-39 was abandonded.

 

Commands listed for USS S-39 (144)

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CommanderFromTo
1Earle Clifford Hawk, USN1 Oct 19391 Nov 1940
2James Wiggins Coe, USN1 Nov 194018 Mar 1942

3Lt. Francis Elwood Brown, USN10 May 194215 Aug 1942

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Noteable events involving S-39 include:


7 Dec 1941
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, USS S-39 (Lt. J.W. Coe) was already on patrol off southern Luzon. She was ordered to shift her patrol area to the San Bernardino Strait.

21 Dec 1941
USS S-39 (Lt. J.W. Coe) ended her 1st war patrol at Manila Bay.

1 Jan 1942
On or around this date, USS S-39 (Lt. J.W. Coe) departed from Manila Bay for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol her way south and end the patrol at Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies.

24 Jan 1942
USS S-39 (Lt. J.W. Coe) ended her 2nd war patrol at Surabaya.

15 Feb 1942
USS S-39 (Lt. J.W. Coe) departed from Surabaya for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and Java Sea.

4 Mar 1942
USS S-39 (Lt. J.W. Coe) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Erimo (6500 GRT) south of Billiton Island in position 04°19'S, 108°25'E.

18 Mar 1942
USS S-39 (Lt. J.W. Coe) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia. Later she proceeded to Brisbane.

10 May 1942
USS S-39 (Lt. F.E. Brown) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomons.

6 Jun 1942
On or around this date USS S-39 (Lt. F.E. Brown) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane.

10 Aug 1942
USS S-39 (Lt. F.E. Brown) departed from Brisbane for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomons.

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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