Allied Warships

Plunger (SS-179)

Submarine of the Perch class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassPerch 
Pennant179 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down17 Jul 1935 
Launched8 Jul 1936 
Commissioned19 Nov 1936 
End service15 Nov 1945 
History

Decommissioned 15 November 1945.
Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel at Brooklyn, New York in May 1946.
Stricken 6 July 1956.
Sold 22 April 1957 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Plunger (179)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. George Lucius Russell, USN19 Nov 1936mid 1939
2William Ramon Headden, USNmid 1939Feb 1941
3David Charles White, USNFeb 194126 Jan 1943
4T/Cdr. Raymond Henry Bass, USN26 Jan 194313 Mar 1944
5Edward Joseph Fahey, USN13 Mar 194410 Oct 1944
6H. D. Spratlin, USNR10 Oct 1944Sep 1945
7Robert J. Duryea, USNSep 194515 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Plunger include:


14 Dec 1941
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. David Charles White) left Pearl Harbor for her first war patrol, and was to patrol in Japanese home waters off the mouth of Kii Suido.

18 Jan 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) torpedoed and sank Japanese merchant Eizan Maru (4702 GRT, built 1913) off the mouth of Kii Suido, Honshu, Japan in position 33°30'N, 135°00'E.

3 Feb 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) ended her first war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.

5 Jun 1942
After having patrolled north-east of Midway during the Battle of Midway USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. David Charles White) leaves for her second war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea of Shanghai.

30 Jun 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Unkai Maru No.5 (3282 GRT, built 1900) off the China coast near Shanghai in position 30°04'N, 122°54'E.

2 Jul 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Unyo Maru No.3 (2997 GRT, built 1919) off the mouth of the Yangtze river in position 30°44'N, 123°09'E.

15 Jul 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) ended her second war patrol at Midway.

12 Oct 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) left Pearl Harbor for her third war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomon Islands area.

2 Nov 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) hit an uncharted reef. Her sound gear was destroyed and sustained additional damage to her hull, the patrol is aborted and returns back to base.

8 Nov 1942
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) ended her third war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

21 Nov 1942
With her repairs completed USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) left Brisbane for her 4th wear patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol of the Solomon Islands.

12 Jan 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. D.C. White) ended her 4th war patrol when she returned to base at Pearl Harbor.

28 Feb 1943
While on her 5th war patrol USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. Raymond Henry Bass) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet tanker Iro (14050 GRT, built 1922, offsite link) about 130 nautical miles west of Jaluit in position 06°09'N, 167°18'E.

12 Mar 1943
While on her 5th war patrol USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and sank the Japanese water carrier Taihosan Maru (1804 GRT, built 1938) off Ponape, Caroline Islands in position 07°15'N, 159°10'E.

10 May 1943
While on her 6th war patrol USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and sank the Japanese passenger ship Tatsutake Maru (7068 GRT, built 1940) and the transport ship Kinai Maru (8360 GRT, built 1930) about 200 nautical miles east of Saipan in position 14°29'N, 149°00'E.

25 Jun 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) left base for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

7 Jul 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant Anzan Maru (5493 GRT, built 1919) in the Sea of Japan in position 37°14'N, 132°57'E.

12 Jul 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Niitaka Maru (2482 GRT, built 1904) in the Sea of Japan, west of Hokkaido in position 43°02'N, 140°00'E.

26 Jul 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

6 Aug 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) left Midway for her 8th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

18 Aug 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant Okuni Maru (5633 GRT, built ????) in the Sea of Japan in position 43°30'N, 140°30'E.

20 Aug 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Seitai Maru (3404 GRT, built 1918) off the southwest coast of Hokkaido in position 42°15'N, 139°58'E.

22 Aug 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant fishery mother ship Ryokai Maru (4643 GRT, built 1911) in the Sea of Japan in position 42°40'N, 139°48'E.

5 Sep 1943
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) ended her 8th war patrol when she returned to base at Pearl Harbor.

14 Jan 1944
After an unsuccessful 9th war patrol in the Marshall Islands area, USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) left base for her 10th war patrol. She was to patrol in Japanese home waters.

2 Feb 1944
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchants Toyo Maru No.5 (2193 GRT, built 1918) and Toyo Maru No.8 (2191 GRT, built 1918) off Kushimoto, Japan in position 33°29'N, 135°59'E.

23 Feb 1944
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kimishima Maru (5193 GRT, built 1938) about 200 nautical miles north-west of Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands, Japan in position 30°11'N, 140°49'E.

8 Mar 1944
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

8 May 1944
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. Edward J. Fahey) left Pearl Harbor for her 11th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol of the Bonin Islands.

8 Jun 1944
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. Edward J. Fahey) ended her 11th war patrol when she returned to base.

31 Jul 1944
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. Edward J. Fahey) left base for her 12th and final war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off Truk.

19 Sep 1944
USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. Edward J. Fahey) terminates her 12th war patrol at Pearl Harbor, and is sent for overhaul. Reassigned to training duties off the U.S. east coast.

7 Mar 1945
USS Plunger arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

10 Mar 1945
USS Plunger departed the Panama Canal Zone for New London, Connecticut.

20 Mar 1945
USS Plunger arrived at New London, Connecticut.

24 Mar 1945
USS Plunger departed New London, Connecticut for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

25 Mar 1945
USS Plunger arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a refit.

20 Jun 1945
With her refit completed USS Plunger departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut.

21 Jun 1945
USS Plunger arrived at New London, Connecticut.

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U. S. Submarines in World War II

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