Robert Frederick Sellars, USN

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Ranks

  Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Robert Frederick Sellars, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS S-31 (136)Submarine10 Aug 1942Dec 1943
USS Blackfish (221)Lt.Cdr.Submarine22 Feb 194410 May 1945

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Submarine USS S-31 (136)


10 Aug 1942
The commanding officer of USS S-31, Lt.Cdr. T.F. Williamson is wounded by the accidental explosion of a flare. He dies of his wounds on the 28th.

S-31 also ended her 1st offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

11 Aug 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Dutch Harbour bound for San Diego, California. She is to serve at the Sound School there and in early 1943 she undergoes and overhaul.

26 Aug 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 2nd offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Adak.

28 Sep 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 2nd offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

13 Oct 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 3rd offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kurils.

26 Oct 1942 (position 50.10, 155.36)
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Keizan Maru (2864 BRT) off Paramushiro, Kurils in position 50°10'N, 155°36'E.

8 Nov 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 3rd offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

11 Mar 1943
With her overhaul completed USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Marshall Islands area.

9 Apr 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 4th offensive war patrol at Noumea, New Caledonia.

5 Jul 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Noumea, New Caledonia for her 5th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the New Hebrides.

26 Jul 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 5th offensive war patrol at Noumea.

22 Aug 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Noumea, New Caledonia for her 6th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the St. George Channel.

17 Sep 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 6th offensive war patrol at Brisbane, Australia. She is now assigned to training duties.


Submarine USS Blackfish (221)


1 Mar 1944
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. Robert Frederick Sellars) departed from Brisbane for her 8th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off New Guinea.

27 Apr 1944 (position -5.35, 133.17)
Off Tual island (Moluccas), position 05°35'S, 133°17'E, Blackfish fires 4 torpedoed on radar bearings at a target identified as a " 3700-ton light cruiser or destroyer", apparently an Akizuki-class large AA destroyer. The sub claims one possible hit and damage. The target and results of the attack are, again, unidentified and unconfirmed.

19 May 1944
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is sent to San Francisco for a major overhaul.

27 May 1944
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) arrived at San Francisco.

31 Aug 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) departed from San Francisco for Pearl Harbor.

23 Sep 1944
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) departed from Pearl Harbor for Saipan.

3 Oct 1944
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) arrived at Saipan.

4 Oct 1944
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) departed from Saipan for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

17 Nov 1944
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) ended her 9th war patrol at Saipan.

1 Jan 1945
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) departed from Midway for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

23 Jan 1945
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) attacked a sailing vessel with her deck gun, claiming damage to the vessel.

30 Jan 1945 (position 21.37, 115.54)
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) sank a large Japanese sampan with gunfire in the South China Sea in position 21°37'N, 115°54'E. She also claims scoring hits on a second, larger, sampan but not a sinking.

1 Feb 1945 (position 21.58, 115.39)
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) sank three Japanese sampans with gunfire in the South China Sea in position 21°58'N, 115°39'E.

21 Feb 1945
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) ended her 10th war patrol at Guam.

21 Mar 1945
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) departed from Guam for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

10 May 1945
USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.


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