Allied Warships

Guitarro (SS-363)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Guittaro in 1945.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant363 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down7 Apr 1943 
Launched26 Sep 1943 
Commissioned26 Jan 1944 
End service7 Aug 1954 
History

Ordered as a Balao-class submarine but the yard was not ready to start construction of this class after completion of her previous contract so she was built as a Gato-class submarine.

Decommissioned 9 February 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 6 February 1952.
Decommissioned 21 August 1953.
Recommissioned 15 May 1954.
Decommissioned 7 August 1954 and transferred to Turkey being renamed Pervese (S-22).

 

Commands listed for USS Guitarro (363)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Enrique D`Hamel Haskins, USN26 Jan 19442 Dec 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Thomas Bullard Dabney, USN2 Dec 19448 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Guitarro include:


1 Mar 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) departed from New Orleans bound for the Panama Canal Zone.

2 Apr 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) departed from Balboa for Pearl Harbor.

17 Apr 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

7 May 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

30 May 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Shisen Maru (2201 GRT) about 60 nautical miles south-east of Keelung, Formosa in position 24°32'N, 123°24'E.

2 Jun 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese frigate Awaji (940 tons, offsite link) east of Formosa near Yasho Island in position 22°34'N, 121°51'E.

19 Jun 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) called at Darwin, Australia.

21 Jun 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) departed from Darwin bound for Fremantle.

27 Jun 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle.

21 Jul 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

7 Aug 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese frigate Kusagaki (940 tons, offsite link) off Capones Island, Luzon, Philippines in position 14°51'N, 119°51'E.

10 Aug 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese sinking merchant tanker Shinei Maru (5135 GRT) off the north-west coast of Luzon, Philippines in position 16°15'N, 119°45'E.

21 Aug 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Uga Maru (4433 GRT) in the South China Sea off the west coast of Mindoro, Philippines in position 13°21'N, 120°18'E.

27 Aug 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) sank the Japanese merchant tanker Nanshin Maru No.27 (834 GRT) with gunfire. She also damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Nanshin Maru No.25 (834 GRT) that finally runs aground. This action take place west of Mindoro, Philippines in position 12°26'N, 119°55'E.

8 Sep 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.

8 Oct 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Philippines.

31 Oct 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Pacific Maru (5872 GRT) and Komei Maru (2857 GRT) off Botolan Point, Luzon, Philippines in position 15°17'N, 119°50'E.

4 Nov 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins), USS Ray and USS Bream 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 Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins), USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple), USS Bream 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.

During this attack Guitarro is damaged by depth charges but is able to remain on patrol.

16 Nov 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

11 Dec 1944
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Dabney) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

17 Jan 1945
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Dabney) called at Mios Woendi, New Guinea to make some repairs.

15 Mar 1945
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Dabney) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

9 Apr 1945
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Dabney) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Singapore.

20 Apr 1945
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Dabney) lays mines in Berhala Strait off northeast coast of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

30 Apr 1945
The Japanese army tanker Yuno Maru (2345 GRT) is sunk by a mine, most likely laid by USS Guitarro on 20 April 1945, off the east coast of Sumatra in position 01°00'S, 104°30'E.

27 May 1945
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Dabney) called at Saipan.

8 Jun 1945
USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Dabney) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to the US west coast for a major overhaul.

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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