Allied Warships

Sawfish (SS-276)

Submarine of the Gato class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant276 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down20 Jan 1942 
Launched23 Jun 1942 
Commissioned26 Aug 1942 
End service1 Apr 1960 
History

Decommissioned 26 June 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
served as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel from May 1947 untill 1 April 1960.
Stricken 1 April 1960.
Sold to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Sawfish (276)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Eugene Thomas Sands, USN26 Aug 194219 Dec 1943

2T/Cdr. Alan Boyd Banister, USN8 Apr 19448 Nov 1944

3Lt.Cdr. Douglas Haig Pugh, USN17 Dec 19441 May 1945

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Notable events involving Sawfish include:


26 Dec 1942
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

6 Jan 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands, USN) transited the Panama Canal.

21 Jan 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) arrived at Pearl Harbor from the US east coast.

31 Jan 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Japan.

17 Feb 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) mistakenly torpedoed and sank the Russian merchants Ilmen (2369 GRT) and Kola (4994 GRT) off the east coast of Kyushu, Japan in position 30°56'N, 135°30'E.

21 Feb 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet oiler Ose (7986 GRT, former Dutch Genota captured on 9 May 1942 about 500 nautical miles east of Madagascar by the Japanese merchant cruisers Hokoku Maru and Aikoku Maru) off Oagari Jima, Japan in position 29°29'N, 132°48'E.

6 Mar 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Clyde Maru (5497 GRT) south-east of Toizaki, Japan in position 31°04'N, 131°48'E.

20 Mar 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) sank the Japanese guard boat Shinsei Maru (138 GRT) with gunfire in the North Pacific Ocean in position 32°55'N, 152°11'E.

25 Mar 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

15 Apr 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu in Japanese home waters.

5 May 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Hakkai Maru (2921 GRT) off Ise-Wan, Honshu, Japan in position 34°11'N, 137°41'E.

6 Jun 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

30 Jun 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

22 Jul 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese ammunition ship Seia Maru (6659 GRT) in the East China Sea in position 30°54'N, 125°15'E.

27 Jul 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minelayer Hirashima (720 tons) off Kyusyu, Japan in position 32°32'N, 127°41'E.

10 Aug 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

10 Sep 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the northern part of the Sea of Japan and in the Sea of Okhotsk.

16 Oct 1943
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Sands) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

1 Nov 1943
USS Sawfish (Cdr. E.T. Sands) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

8 Dec 1943
USS Sawfish (Cdr. E.T. Sands) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Sansei Maru (3266 GRT) southwest of Chichi Jima in position 25°19'N, 141°44'E.

19 Dec 1943
USS Sawfish (Cdr. E.T. Sands) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway. She is now sent to the Hunters Point Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

8 Apr 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Banister) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

26 May 1944
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Banister) ended her 6th war patrol at Majuro.

22 Jun 1944
USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) departed from Majuro for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

26 Jul 1944
USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-29 (2198 tons, offsite link) in Balintang Channel, Luzon Strait in position 20°10'N, 121°55'E.

15 Aug 1944
USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

9 Sep 1944
USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Formosa.

6 Oct 1944
USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Tachibana Maru (6521 GRT) in the South China Sea in position at 19°33'N, 116°38'E.

23 Oct 1944
USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) torpedoed and sank the Japanese seaplane carrier Kimikawa Maru (6863 GRT, offsite link) in the South China Sea west of Luzon, Philippines in position 18°58'N, 118°31'E.

8 Nov 1944
USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) ended her 8th war patrol at Majuro.

17 Dec 1944
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Pugh) departed from Majuro for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

4 Feb 1945
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Pugh) ended her 9th war patrol at Guam.

10 Mar 1945
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Pugh) departed from Guam for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.

26 Apr 1945
USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Pugh) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to San Francisco for a major overhaul at the Bethlehem Steel Company.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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