SS-393 General Specifications
Class: Balao class submarine
Complement: 10 Officers and 70 Enlisted
Displacement: 1526 tons
Length: 311 feet 6 inches
Beam: 27 feet 3 inches
Draft: 16 feet 10 in
Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Sunk as a target 14 August 1963
USS QUEENFISH (SS-393)
The first Queenfish (SS-393) was laid down by the Navy Yard, Portsmouth,
N.H., 27 July 1943; launched 30 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Robert A.
Theobald; and commissioned 11 March 1944, Lt. Comdr. C. E. Loughlin in command.
After shakedown off the cast coast and
further training in Hawaiian waters, Queenfish
set out on her first patrol 4 August 1944. The last day of the month she
made her first kill, 4,700-ton tanker Chiyoda
Maru. On 9 September she scored twice more, on 7,097-ton passenger-cargo
ship Toyooka Maru and 3,054-ton
transport Manshu Maru, before she put
into Majuro for refit 3 October.
second war patrol was conducted in the northern part of the
East China Sea. On 8 November she sank 1,051-ton Keijo Maru and the 1,948-ton Hakko
Maru. On the 9th, she sent 2,131-ton Chojusan
Morn, a former gunboat, to the bottom, and oil the 15th sent 9,186-ton
aircraft ferry Akitsu Maru to a
Having received the Presidential Unit
Citation for her first two patrols, Queenfish
spent her third war patrol, 29 December to 29 January 1945, in the Formosa
Straits and waters adjacent to the China coast without sinking any ships.
Returning to the same area for her fourth war patrol, 24 February to 14 April,
she sank 11,600-ton passenger-cargo ship Awa Maru I April 1945. Unfortunately her victim was a ship whose safe
passage had been guaranteed by the United States government, since she was to
carry Red Cross, relief supplies to Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. On the 12th
she rescued the 13-man crew of a Navy flying boat. Queenfish spent her fifth patrol on lifeguard duty in the East
China SeaYellow Sea area. She was at Midway preparing for another patrol when
the war ended.
After overhaul at Mare Island, Queenfish assumed duties as Flagship,
Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet. Homeported at Pearl Harbor after the war, Queenfish returned to the Far East
during March 1946 and in June-July 1949, but spent most of the period to 1950
in training operations in the eastern Pacific. In late 1947 she operated in the
In February and March 1950 Queenfish took part in combined
Operations with units of the U.S. Pacific and British Fleets. She made cruises
to Korean waters in 1951 and 1953. In February 1954 she sailed to her new
homeport, of San Diego. The next four years were spent operating off the west
coast of the United States, with the exception of two weeks in Hawaii in late
1956. On 16 January 1958 she departed for a 6 month deployment to WestPac,
returning to Sari Diego 27 July to resume operations off the west coast of the
was reclassified AGSS-393 1 July 1960. She decommissioned
and was struck from the Navy List I March 1963 to be sold for scrapping.
earned 6 battle stars for World War II service.
[Note: The above USS QUEENFISH (SS-393) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS QUEENFISH (SS-393), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]