Capelin (SS 289)

Commander E.E. Marshall Returning from her first war patrol after only 17 days out, Capelin (Commander E.E. Marshall) came into Darwin 16 November 1943 with a defective conning tower hatch mechanism, excessively noisy bow planes, and a defective radar tube. These flaws were corrected to the satisfaction of the Commanding Officer, and the ship then departed for her second patrol on 17 November. Her area was in the Molukka and Celebes seas, and she was to pay particular attention to Kaoe Bay, Morotai Strait, Davao Gulf and trade routes in the vicinity of Siaoe, Sangi, Talaud and Sarangani Islands. She was to leave her area at dark 6 December.

Nothing has been positively heard from Capelin since she departed. However, Bonefish reported having seen a U.S. submarine at 1°-14'N, 123°-50'E on 2 December 1943. This position is in the area assigned to Capelin at this time. An attempt to reach Capelin by radio, on 9 December 1943, elicited no response.

On 23 November an American submarine was attacked off Kaoe Bay, Halmahera, 1°-34'N, 123°-07'E. However, the Japanese state that this attack was broken off, and the evidence of contact was rather thin. The only positive statement which can be made is that Capelin was lost in Celebes Sea, or in Molukka Passage or the Molukka Sea, probably in December 1943. Enemy minefields are now known to have been placed in various positions along the north coast of Celebes in Capelin's area, and she may have been lost because of a mine explosion. In her 17-day first patrol, Capelin sank two Japanese medium freighters for 7,400 tons of merchant shipping. This first patrol was conducted among the islands immediately west of New Guinea.

USS Capelin

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USS Capelin (SS-289)
USS Capelin (SS-289)

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Submarine insignia.
U.S.S. Capelin (SS-289)
Name Rate   Name Rate
Arney, Buford Y.
Ball, Clarence M.
Beck, Claude I., Jr.
Blair, Gerald R.
Bragg, Perry C.
Britton, Richard L.
Brown, Ellis S., Jr.
Butler, Marcy H.
Callahan, Foster T.
Callahan, John J.
Cavanaugh, Joseph P.
Cheatham, Earl
Clifford, Everett
Colyer, Charles W.
Cross, Joe L.
Crowley, James D.
De Freytas, Charles F.
Devine, William F.
Devine, William J.
Dill, Paul L.
Eklund, Lester T.
Everhart, Charles L.
Ganley, John F., Jr.
Gillen, Philip J.
Grabnickas, Peter
Hicks, Melvin J.
Holt, James W., Jr.
Jacobs, Dick
Keaton, Leyle O.
Kennedy, D.G., Jr.
Klein, Isidore I.
Koziol, John W.
Krall, Eugene J.
Lafferty, William A.
Landres, L.A.
Lange, Donald W.
Lester, Edwin J.
Lewitt, William M.
Lutley, John L.
S2
SM2
CTM
EM3
QM3
LTJG
S1
CRM
MoMM2
MoMM2
S1
StM1
TM2
TM1
MM1
F2
EM3
TM3
TM2
TM3
FC3
PhM1
CMoMM
MoMM2
SC2
EM2
CEM
F1
TM3
EM1
EM2
F3
EM1
S1
CMoMM
S1
MoMM1
EM2
F2
    Maddox, John W.
Madey, Alfred
Marshall, Elliot E.
Mason, William B., Jr.
Melvin, George R.
Moeller, Otto F.
Morgan, Henry F.
Norris, Elmer A.
Novotny, Cyril R.
O'Donnell, Melvin B.
Olsen, Stanley R.
O'Neal, Thomas F.
O'Neil, Clinton F.
Perry, Finon
Pettigrew, Herman E., Jr.
Pilkington, William N.
Powell, Richard
Raminski, William E.
Rhimann, R.C.
Rhodes, John E., Jr.
Roberts, Claude W.
Robertson, Edward D.
Sharer, Walter A.
Simon, Harry
Smith, D.T.
Smith, Leon C.
Smith, Robert L.
Smolenski, Edward
Snyder, Norman W.
Stasik, Walter W.
Stickle, Robert G.
Steege, Erwin H.
Terrell, Robert W.
Thibeault, Jerry L.
Uhlmann, Roy C.
Vaughan, Charles W.
Vassar, Curtis L., Jr.
Wellman, Ernest E.
Winkler, Herman R., Jr.
S1
EM1
LCDR-CO
LCDR
S1
TM2
RM1
F1
EM1
RM2
MoMM1
TM2
LTJG
StM2
MoMM1
RT2
MoMM1
MoMM2
LTJG
MoMM2
MoMM1
LCDR-XO
LT
GM1
MoMM2
MoMM2
RM2
S1
F3
MoMM2
EM3
TM1
MoMM2
TM3
LT
S1
SC1
F1
QM3

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Homeward Bound-Painting by E.V. Vandos

Homeward Bound--Painting by E.V. Vandos
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Related Resource: Glossary of US Naval Abbreviations