Allied Warships

Pomfret (SS-391)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Pomfret as seen from the air.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant391 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down14 Jul 1943 
Launched27 Oct 1943 
Commissioned19 Feb 1944 
End service1 Jul 1970 
History

Decommissioned in April 1952 .
Recommissioned 5 December 1952.
Decommissioned and transferred to Turkey 1 July 1971 being renamed Oruc Reis (S-337).
Stricken by the Turkish Navy in 1987.

 

Commands listed for USS Pomfret (391)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Frank Clements Acker, USN19 Feb 194430 Sep 1944
2Frederic B. Clarke, USN30 Sep 19442 Oct 1944
3Lt.Cdr. John Borden Hess, USN14 Oct 19445 Jun 1948

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Notable events involving Pomfret include:


24 Apr 1944
USS Pomfret arrived at Key West, Florida for duty with the Fleet Sound School.

25 Apr 1944
USS Pomfret conducted exercises off Key West.

26 Apr 1944
USS Pomfret conducted exercises off Key West.

27 Apr 1944
USS Pomfret conducted exercises off Key West.

28 Apr 1944
USS Pomfret conducted exercises off Key West.

29 Apr 1944
USS Pomfret conducted exercises off Key West.

1 Jun 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Pomfret (Cdr. F.C. Acker) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

23 Jun 1944
USS Pomfret (Cdr. F.C. Acker) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters east of Kyusyu.

16 Aug 1944
USS Pomfret (Cdr. F.C. Acker) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

10 Sep 1944
USS Pomfret (Cdr. F.C. Acker) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Straits.

2 Oct 1944
USS Pomfret (Cdr. F.C. Acker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Tsuyama Maru (6962 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Makassar Maru (4026 GRT) south of Formosa in position 21°00'N, 121°46'E.

12 Oct 1944
USS Pomfret (Cdr. F.C. Acker) ended her 2nd war patrol at Saipan.

1 Nov 1944
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) departed from Saipan for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Formosa.

2 Nov 1944
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Hamburg Maru (5271 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Atlas Maru (7343 GRT) in Luzon Strait in position 20°20'N, 121°30'E. The next day the Atlas Maru is beached off Sabtang Island in position 20°18'N, 121°51'E and declared a total loss.

25 Nov 1944
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Shoho Maru (1358 GRT) in Luzon Strait in position 20°18'N, 121°34'E.
It is claimed in some sources that in this attack Pomfret also sank patrol boat #38 (ed DD Yomogi). However, Shoho maru was not part of the convoy escorted by #38, therefore there is no basis for this claim. #38 was sunk in the 0125 hrs attack by USS Atule.

15 Dec 1944
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

25 Jan 1945
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu, Japan.

30 Mar 1945
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

26 Apr 1945
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kuril Islands.

6 Jun 1945
USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway.

2 Jul 1945
USS Pomfret (Cdr. J.B. Hess) departed from Midway for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

26 Jul 1945
USS Pomfret (Cdr. J.B. Hess) sank two small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 33°47'N, 126°50'E.

8 Aug 1945
USS Pomfret (Cdr. J.B. Hess) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 32°01'N, 129°02'E.

11 Aug 1945
USS Pomfret (Cdr. J.B. Hess) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 32°46'N, 128°44'E.

13 Aug 1945
USS Pomfret (Cdr. J.B. Hess) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 33°48'N, 126°50'E.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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