Allied Warships

Grampus (i) (SS-207)

Submarine of the Gar class


USS Grampus while on trials early 1941.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGar 
Pennant207 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Jun 1939 
Laid down14 Feb 1940 
Launched23 Dec 1940 
Commissioned23 May 1941 
Lost5 Mar 1943 
History

USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. John Richard Craig, USN) was lost under mysterious circumstances, possibly sunk by the Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame (both offsite links) on this date. The sister sub Grayback (SS-208) reported seeing her in the area. The two Japanese destroyers were lost with their logs.

 

Commands listed for USS Grampus (i) (207)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward Shilington Hutchinson, USN23 May 194123 Sep 1942
2Lt.Cdr. John Richard Craig, USN23 Sep 19425 Mar 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Grampus (i) include:


1 Feb 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. Edward Shilington Hutchinson) arrived at Pearl Harbor from the US east coast.

8 Feb 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) departed Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Marshall and Caroline Islands.

4 Mar 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Kaijo Maru No.2 (8632 GRT) about 145 nautical miles south of Truk in position 00°56'N, 149°31'E.

4 Apr 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

2 Oct 1942
After her 2nd and 3th war patrol USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. John Richard Craig) departed Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to land coast watchers on Vella Lavella and Choiseul Island.

14 Oct 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) lands Australian coast watchers on the coast of Vella Lavella.

18 Oct 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) fires four torpedoes at the Japanese light cruiser Yura (offsite link) off Choiseul Island in position 07°47'S, 157°19'E. One torpedo hit the Japanese cruiser but it fails to explode.

19 Oct 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) lands Australian coast watchers on Choiseul Island.

23 Nov 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane.

14 Dec 1942
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) departed from Brisbane for her 5th war patrol.

19 Jan 1943
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) ended her 5th war patrol at Brisbane.

11 Feb 1943
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) departed from Brisbane for her 6th war patrol.

19 Feb 1943
USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport/aircraft ferry Keiyo Maru (6442 GRT, offsite link) off New Britain in position 04°55'S, 152°26'E.

27 Feb 1943
The Japanese minesweeper W 22 (offsite link) is possibly damaged by USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) off Kolombangara, Solomon Islands.

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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