Allied Warships

Pampanito (SS-383)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Pampanito after the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant383 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down15 Mar 1943 
Launched12 Jul 1943 
Commissioned6 Nov 1943 
End service15 Dec 1945 
History

Her biggest day came on September 12, 1944, when she and two other submarines surprised an 11-ship convoy and sank seven vessels. Later, Pampanito rescued more than 73 Allied prisoners of war who had been carried aboard the enemy transports.

Decommissioned 15 December 1945.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Served as a Naval Reserve Training Ship at the Mare Island Naval Reserve Training Center from April 1960 until 20 December 1971.
Stricken 20 December 1971.
USS Pampanito is on display at the San Francisco Maritime Museum and she is open to the public.
For more info on this ship see this website (offsite link)

 

Commands listed for USS Pampanito (383)

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CommanderFromTo
Donald Arthur Scherer, USN
1Lt.Cdr. Charles Barzzellious Jackson, Jr., USN6 Nov 19436 Mar 1944
2T/Lt.Cdr. Paul Edward Summers, USN6 Mar 19447 Oct 1944
3T/Capt. Frank Wesley Fenno, Jr., USN7 Oct 19442 Jan 1945
4T/Cdr. Paul Edward Summers, USN2 Jan 19451 May 1945

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Notable events involving Pampanito include:


USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Kachidoki Maru (former US passenger liner President Harrison, 10509 GRT) and the Japanese tanker Zuiho Maru (5135 GRT) in the South China Sea east of Hainan in position 19?25'N, 112?27'E.

22 Dec 1943
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Jackson, Jr., USN) arrived at Newport, Rhode Island from Portsmouth, New Hampshire for her torpedo trials.

24 Dec 1943
With her torpedo trials completed, USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Jackson, Jr., USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

14 Feb 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Jackson, Jr.) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

15 Mar 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area.

7 Apr 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) is damaged by depth charges off the Mariana Islands in position 12°46'N, 143°49'E. Despite the damage she is able to remain on patrol.

8 May 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

3 Jun 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) departed Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu.

8 Jun 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) topped up with fuel at Midway.

23 Jul 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

17 Aug 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) departed from Midway for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

15 Sep 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) picks up 73 Allied POW's from the sea.

20 Sep 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) arrived at Saipan.

28 Sep 1944
USS Pampanito (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Summers) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

28 Oct 1944
USS Pampanito (Capt. F.W. Fenno) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa and in the South China Sea.

18 Nov 1944
USS Pampanito (Capt. F.W. Fenno) torpedoed and sank the Japanese depot ship Banshu Maru No.17 (459 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Shinko Maru No.1 (1200 GRT) off the east coast of Hainan in position 19°12'N, 110°51'E.

3 Dec 1944
USS Pampanito (Capt. F.W. Fenno) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Seishin Maru (5239 GRT) in the South China Sea east of Hainan in position 18°20N, 111°52E.

30 Dec 1944
USS Pampanito (Capt. F.W. Fenno) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

23 Jan 1945
USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

6 Feb 1945
USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Engen Maru (6890 BRT) about 200 nautical miles north-east of Singapore in position 06°22'N, 106°00'E.

8 Feb 1945
USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Eifuku Maru (3520 GRT) off Cape Camau, French Indo-China in position 07°05'N, 104°50'E.

12 Feb 1945
USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) ended her 5th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

25 Feb 1945
USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) departed from Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

5 Apr 1945
USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) takes on board additional fuel at Saipan.

24 Apr 1945
USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now ordered to the Hunters Point Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

1 Aug 1945
With her overhaul completed USS Pampanito (Cdr. D.A. Scherer) departed from San Francisco bound for Pearl Harbor.

Media links


Steel Shark in the Pacific

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Uss Pampanito: Killer-Angel

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U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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