Allied Warships

S-44 (SS-155)

Submarine of the S-42 class


A prewar photograph showing USS S-44

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS-42 
Pennant155 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down19 Feb 1921 
Launched27 Oct 1923 
Commissioned16 Feb 1925 
Lost7 Oct 1943 
History

USS S-44 (Lt.Cdr. Francis Elwood Brown, USN) was sunk north-northeast of Araito Island, east of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Kurile Islands by the Japanese escort vessel Ishigaki (offsite link). 2 Survivors were picked up and were made prisoners of war, and the Commanding officer was amongst those killed in sinking.

 

Commands listed for USS S-44 (155)

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CommanderFromTo
1John Frederick Davidson, USNApr 1939Oct 1940
2John Richard Moore, USNOct 1940Sep 1942
3Lt. Reuben Thornton Whitaker, USNSep 1942Oct 1942
4Lt. Francis Elwood Brown, USNOct 19427 Oct 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving S-44 include:


16 Jan 1942
USS S-44 (Lt John Richard Moore) arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone from the US east coast.

5 Mar 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) departed from Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone for Brisbane, Australia.

15 Apr 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) arrived at Brisbane.

24 Apr 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) departed from Brisbane for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the New Britain / New Ireland area.

12 May 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) torpedoed and sank the Japanese repair ship Shoei Maru (5644 GRT) about 15 nautical miles south-west of Cape St. George in position 05°06'S, 152°30'E.

23 May 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) ended her 1st war patrol at Brisbane.

7 Jun 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) departed from Brisbane for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Guadalcanal.

21 Jun 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Keijo Maru (2626 GRT) about 12 nautical miles west of Gavutu, Solomon Islands in position 09°00'S, 160°00'E.

5 Jul 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) ended her 2nd war patrol at Brisbane.

24 Jul 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) departed from Brisbane for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the New Britain / New Ireland area.

10 Aug 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) torpedoed and sank the Japanese heavy cruiser Kako (offsite link) near Kavieng in position 02°28'S, 152°11'E.

23 Aug 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. J.R. Moore) ended her 3rd war patrol at Brisbane.

17 Sep 1942
USS S-44 (Lt Reuben Thornton Whitaker) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off New Georgia.

14 Oct 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. R.T. Whitaker) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane.

4 Nov 1942
USS S-44 (Lt. F.E. Brown, USN) departed from Brisbane to proceed to the US east coast for overhaul.

6 Feb 1943
USS S-44 (Lt. F.E. Brown, USN) departed Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone for Trinidad.

13 Feb 1943
USS S-44 (Lt. F.E. Brown, USN) arrived at Trinidad from Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

25 Mar 1943
USS S-44 (Lt. F.E. Brown, USN) departed Trinidad for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

4 Apr 1943
USS S-44 (Lt.Cdr. F.E. Brown, USN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from Trinidad for a refit.

14 Jun 1943
With her refit completed, USS S-44, departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for Hampton Roads, Viginia.

17 Jun 1943
USS S-44 departed Hampton Roads, Viginia for Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

16 Sep 1943
After her US east coast overhaul and subsequent transfer to the US west coast, USS S-44 (Lt.Cdr. Francis Elwood Brown) arrived at Dutch Harbour, Alaska.

26 Sep 1943
USS S-44 (Lt.Cdr. F.E. Brown) departed from Attu for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kurils.

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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