John Behling Azer, USN

Born  24 Nov 1906


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Ranks

30 Jun 1938 Lt.
15 Jun 1942 T/Lt.Cdr.
15 Oct 1942 T/Cdr.
15 Nov 1945 T/Capt.

Decorations

Oct/Nov 42 Navy Cross (1)
Jan/Feb 43 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for John Behling Azer, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS R-19 (96)Lt.Submarine6 Jan 19419 Mar 1942
USS Whale (239)Lt.Submarine1 Jun 194220 Feb 1943
USS Caiman (323)T/Cdr.Submarine17 Jul 194429 Nov 1944

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Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Whale (239)


9 Oct 1942
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) left Pearl Harbor for her maiden war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Kii Suido.

25 Oct 1942
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) lays 20 mines off Honshu, Japan, at the entrance to the Inland Sea.

30 Oct 1942
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) is badly damaged by depth charges and is forced to return to base.

10 Nov 1942
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) ended her patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is repaired and refitted until 2 January 1943.

3 Jan 1943
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) left Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Marshall Islands area.

13 Jan 1943 (position 9.54, 167.07)
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) torpedoed and sank the Japanese collier Iwashiro Maru (3559 GRT) about 40 nautical miles north of Kwajalein, 09°54'N, 167°07'E.

17 Jan 1943 (position 10.13, 151.25)
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Heiyo Maru (9816 GRT) north-east of Truk in position 10°13'N, 151°25'E.

25 Jan 1943
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Syoyo Maru. Before the tanker can be finished off, Whale was forced down by it's escort.

27 Jan 1943 (position 14.24, 153.30)
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport Shoan Maru (5624 GRT) in the central Pacific in position 14°24'N, 153°30'E. The Shoan Maru is towed to Saipan and grounded.

2 Feb 1943
USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

20 Feb 1943
Whale's Commanding Officer, Lt Cmdr John Behling Azer was relieved by Lt Cmdr Albert C. Burrows.


Submarine USS Caiman (323)


27 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put on the slipway at New London.

29 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put back in the water.

30 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) shifted from New London, Connecticut to Newport, Rhode Island for her torpedo firing trials.

2 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Having completed her torpedo firing trials, USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) shifted from Newport, Rhode Island to New London, Connecticut.

5 Aug 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted deep diving trials in the New London area.

14 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put on the slipway at New London.

15 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put back in the water.

18 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put on the slipway at New London.

20 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put back in the water.

21 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Key West, Florida for services with the Fleet Sound School.

28 Aug 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) arrived at Key West where she was put on the slipway. She was put back in the water later the same day.

29 Aug 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida from New London, Connecticut.

29 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

30 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

31 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

1 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put on the slipway at Key West.

2 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put back in the water. She then ran trials off Key West.

3 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) departed Key West, Florida for Port Everglades, Florida.

4 Sep 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) arrived at Port Everglades, Florida from Key West, Florida.

7 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) departed Port Everglades, Florida for Colon, Panama Canal Zone.

11 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) arrived at Colon, Panama Canal Zone.

14 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

1 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbour from Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.

27 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Connolly (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Collier, USNR), USS Snyder (Lt.Cdr. E. Moore, USNR) and USS Sealion (Cdr. E.T. Reich, USN).

28 Oct 1944
During 28/29 October 1944, USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN), conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Connolly (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Collier, USNR), USS Tills (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Brooks, USNR) and USS Finback (Cdr. R.R. Williams, Jr., USN). These exercises included night exercises.

29 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Pringle (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Kelley, Jr., USN), USS Finback (Cdr. R.R. Williams, Jr., USN) and USS Sealion (Cdr. E.T. Reich, USN).

3 Nov 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Bright (Lt.Cdr. W.A. McMahan, USNR), USS Hemminger (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Bodler, USNR), USS Snyder (Lt.Cdr. E. Moore, USNR), USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) and USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN).

7 Nov 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge, USN) and USS Lansdowne (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN).

8 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour.

10 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour.

13 Nov 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Saipan to top off with fuel and then to patrol in the South China Sea. She was escorted out by USS USS PC-579 (Lt. R.L. Biggs, USNR).

For daily and attack positions (though incomplete) for USS Caiman during this patrol see the map below.

25 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) arrived at Saipan.

26 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) departed Saipan for her patrol area.

28 Nov 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) returned to Saipan due to Cdr. Azer being sick. She was escorted in by USS Dunlap (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Welte, USN).

29 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Cdr. F.C. Lucas, Jr., USN takes over command of USS Caiman from Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN who was to sick to go on patrol.


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