Allied Warships

R-12 (SS-89)

Submarine of the R-1 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassR-1 
Pennant89 
Built byFore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down28 Mar 1918 
Launched15 Aug 1919 
Commissioned23 Sep 1919 
Lost12 Jun 1943 
Loss position24° 24'N, 81° 38'W
History

Decommissioned on 7 December 1942.
Recommissioned on 16 October 1940.
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) sank during torpedo trials south of Key West in position 24°24.30'N, 81°38.30'W. 42 men died, including Brazilian observers. There were 5 survivors, the Commanding Officer, an other officer (Lt.(j.g.) W.D. Whetstone) and 3 enlisted men.

 

Commands listed for USS R-12 (89)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Harry Benjamin Dodge, USN16 Oct 1940May 1941
2Lt. Arnold Frederick Schade, USNMay 1941Jul 1941
3Lt. Harry Benjamin Dodge, USNJul 1941Jan 1942
4Lt. Edward Ellis Shelby, USNJan 194212 Jun 1943

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10 Dec 1940
USS R-12 (Lt. H.B. Dodge, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

23 Dec 1940
USS R-12 (Lt. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone from New London, Connecticut.

31 Oct 1941
USS R-12 (Lt. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Panama Canal Zone.

1 Mar 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

12 Mar 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands from New London, Connecticut.

19 May 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of St. Thomas together with USS Davis (Lt.Cdr. M.R. Peterson, USN).

20 May 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of St. Thomas together with USS Davis (Lt.Cdr. M.R. Peterson, USN) and USS Somers (Lt.Cdr. A.C. Wood, USN).

23 May 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of St. Thomas together with USS Davis (Lt.Cdr. M.R. Peterson, USN) and USS Partridge (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Kenney, USN).

25 May 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of St. Thomas together with USS Davis (Lt.Cdr. M.R. Peterson, USN).

8 Jul 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

12 Jul 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Mervine (Lt.Cdr. S.D. Willingham, USN).

13 Jul 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Mervine (Lt.Cdr. S.D. Willingham, USN).

18 Jul 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Meade (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Lamb, USN).

19 Jul 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Mervine (Lt.Cdr. S.D. Willingham, USN) and USS Meade (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Lamb, USN).

20 Jul 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Mervine (Lt.Cdr. S.D. Willingham, USN) and USS Meade (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Lamb, USN).

23 Jul 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Mervine (Lt.Cdr. S.D. Willingham, USN).

1 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Fletcher (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Cole, USN).

2 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Fletcher (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Cole, USN).

3 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Mervine (Lt.Cdr. S.D. Willingham, USN).

11 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Cowie (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Whiting, USN).

12 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Fletcher (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Cole, USN) and with USS O’Bannon (Cdr. E.R. Wilkinson, USN).

20 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN).

25 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN) and USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

26 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN) and USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

30 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN) and USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

31 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN).

7 Sep 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN) and USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

8 Sep 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN) and USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

9 Sep 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN), USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN) and USS Tarbell (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Foster, USN).

11 Sep 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

13 Sep 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

15 Sep 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN).

23 Nov 1942
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for repairs to her battery.

2 Dec 1942
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) is put on the slipway at Key West.

4 Dec 1942
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) is put back in the water.

12 Dec 1942
With her repairs completed, USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN), departed Key West, Florida for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

15 Dec 1942
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from Key West, Florida.

29 Dec 1942
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Philip (Cdr. T.C. Ragan, USN) and USS Converse (Cdr. D.C.E. Hamberger, USN).

30 Dec 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Philip (Cdr. T.C. Ragan, USN) and USS Converse (Cdr. D.C.E. Hamberger, USN).

16 Jan 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises off Guantanamo Bay together with USS Biddle (Lt.Cdr. T.A. Torgerson, USN) and USS PC-625.

24 Jan 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises off Guantanamo Bay together with USS Claxton (Cdr. H.F. Stout, USN), USS Charles Ausburne (Lt.Cdr.L.K. Reynolds, USN) and USS Stanly (Cdr. R.W. Cavenagh, USN).

28 Jan 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises off Guantanamo Bay together with USS Claxton (Cdr. H.F. Stout, USN).

17 Feb 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for Bermuda. She was to proceed to New London via Bermuda. This was her 5th war patrol (according to the patrol report).

22 Feb 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at Bermuda from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

24 Feb 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) departed Bermuda for New London, Connecticut.

27 Feb 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from Bermuda.

27 Mar 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) was put on the slipway at New London.

2 Apr 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) was put back in the water.

21 Apr 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises in Long Island sound together with USS Ordronaux (Lt.Cdr. R. Brodie, Jr., USN) and USS Gillespie (Cdr. C.C. Clement, USN).

22 Apr 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises in Long Island sound together with USS Ordronaux (Lt.Cdr. R. Brodie, Jr., USN).

23 Apr 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises in Long Island sound together with USS Ordronaux (Lt.Cdr. R. Brodie, Jr., USN).

24 Apr 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises in Long Island sound together with USS Ordronaux (Lt.Cdr. R. Brodie, Jr., USN).

25 Apr 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises in Long Island sound together with USS Ordronaux (Lt.Cdr. R. Brodie, Jr., USN).

1 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Key West, Florida.

11 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida from New London, Connecticut.

13 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

14 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

15 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

24 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

25 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

26 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

27 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

28 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

29 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

31 May 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

1 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

2 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

4 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

5 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

7 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

8 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

9 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

10 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

11 Jun 1943
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

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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