Allied Warships

Pipefish (SS-388)

Submarine of the Balao class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant388 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down31 May 1943 
Launched12 Oct 1943 
Commissioned22 Jan 1944 
End service19 Mar 1946 
History

Decommissioned 19 March 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Stricken 1 March 1967.
Sold 20 January 1969 to be broken up for for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Pipefish (388)

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CommanderFromTo
1William Nolin Deragon, USN22 Jan 194424 Jun 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Alexander Louis Redon, USNR24 Jun 194524 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Pipefish include:


29 Mar 1944
USS Pipefish arrived at Key West, Florida for duty with the Fleet Sound School.

30 Mar 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

31 Mar 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

1 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

2 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

4 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

5 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

6 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

7 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

8 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

9 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

10 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish conducted exercises off Key West.

11 Apr 1944
USS Pipefish departed Key West for the Panama Canal Zone.

3 May 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

24 May 1944
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol west of the Mariana Islands and in the Philippines.

16 Jul 1944
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.

6 Aug 1944
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) departed from Majuro for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south-east of Honshu, Japan.

12 Sep 1944
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary vessel Hakutetsu Maru No.7 (1018 GRT) off Shiono Misaki, Japan in position 33°32'N, 135°56'E.

18 Sep 1944
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Rokko Maru (3038 GRT) off Honshu, Japan in position 32°49'N, 154°22'E.

27 Sep 1944
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

28 Oct 1944
USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and off Formosa.

3 Dec 1944
USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 64 (740 tons, built 1944) (offsite link) in the South China Sea east of Hainan in position 18°36'N, 111°54'E.

6 Jan 1945
USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) ended her 3rd war patrol at Majuro.

31 Jan 1945
USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) departed from Majuro for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyo Islands.

26 Mar 1945
USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

28 Apr 1945
USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) departed from Midway for her 5h war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu in Japanese home waters.

16 Jun 1945
USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway.

15 Jul 1945
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Redon) departed from Midway or her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of Kyusyu, Japan.

28 Aug 1945
USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Redon) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

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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