Allied Warships

Bream (SS-243)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Bream as modified after the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant243 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down5 Feb 1943 
Launched17 Oct 1943 
Commissioned24 Jan 1944 
End service28 Jun 1969 
History

Decommissioned 31 January 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 5 June 1951.
Decommissioned 10 September 1952 for conversion to a Hunter-Killer Submarine.
Recommissioned 20 June 1953.
Decommissioned 28 June 1969.
Stricken and sunk as a target 7 November 1969 by USS Sculpin (SSN 590).

 

Commands listed for USS Bream (243)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple, USN24 Jan 19447 Dec 1944
2Lt.Cdr. James Lowell Page McCallum, USN7 Dec 194415 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Bream include:


10 Mar 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) departed from New London for the Pacific.

8 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) arrived at Brisbane, Australia.

10 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Brisbane.

14 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) arrived at Milne Bay.

29 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) arrived at Manus

1 Jun 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Manus for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Halmahera.

16 Jun 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Yuki Maru (5704 GRT) and Hinode Maru (1916 GRT) off Halmahera Island in position 02°23'N, 128°43'E.

29 Jun 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 1st war patrol at Manus.

21 Jul 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Manus for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of the Philippines.

6 Sep 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 2nd war patrol at Brisbane.

2 Oct 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Brisbane for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the central Philippines.

9 Oct 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) refuels at Darwin, Australia.

23 Oct 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese heavy cruiser Aoba (offsite link) off Manila Bay in position 14°06'N, 119°37'E.

4 Nov 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple), USS Guitarro and USS Ray shared the sinking of the Japanese transport ship Kagu Maru (6806 GRT, offsite link) off Dasol Bay, Philippines in position 15°55'N, 119°44'E.

6 Nov 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple), USS Guitarro and USS Raton torpedo and damage the Japanese heavy cruiser Kumano (offsite link) west of Lingayen, Philippines in position 16°11'N, 119°44'E.

22 Nov 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

19 Dec 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. James Lowell Page McCallum) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea.

22 Dec 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. James Lowell Page McCallum) refuels at Exmouth Gulf.

10 Feb 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

7 Mar 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

10 Mar 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. James Lowell Page McCallum) refuels at Exmouth Gulf.

13 Mar 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) sank two small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Java Sea in position 05°35'S, 114°11'E.

14 Mar 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Keihin Maru (76 GRT) with gunfire in the Java Sea in position 05°41'S, 114°03'E.

15 Mar 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) is damaged by depth charges in the Java Sea in position 05°36'S, 114°33'E. She is forced to terminate her patrol.

22 Mar 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) ended her 5th war patrol at Fremantle.

20 Apr 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) departed from Fremantle for her 6th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

29 Apr 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) torpedoed and sank the German minesweeper depot ship Quito (1230 GRT, built 1938, offsite link) off Tanjong Puting, Borneo, Netherlands East Indies in position 04°11'S, 111°17'E.

14 May 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) enters Subic Bay, Philippines to make some repairs and take on board additional fuel.

16 May 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) departed from Subic Bay, Philippines and resumes her patrol. She is now ordered to perform lifeguard duty off the southern tip of Formosa.

5 Jun 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) ended her 6th war patrol at Saipan.

6 Jun 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) departed from Saipan to refit at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard at San Francisco.

24 Jun 1945
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. J.L. McCallum) arrived for a major overhaul at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard at San Francisco.

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