9 May 1943 at Groton - USS Corvina down the ways

Corvina (SS 226)

Venturing into enemy waters for her first time, Corvina (Commander R.S. Rooney) departed from Pearl Harbor on 4 November 1943. After topping off with fuel at Johnston Island she proceeded to an area south of Truk, there to attack enemy naval forces during our surface operations in the Gilbert Islands. She was to patrol as close to Truk as enemy antisubmarine measures would permit. On 14 December, she was to pass to command of Commander Task Force Seventy-Two and proceed to an eastern Australian port for refit and duty in SubSoWestPac.

When the major surface force operations in the Gilberts were finished, Corvina was directed by dispatch on 30 November to pass to command of Commander Task Force Seventy-Two on 2 December 1943. The message was repeated three times on each of two successive nights, and an acknowledgment was directed, but none was received. Because of the difficulty being experienced as a result of Japanese interference, Corvina was considered to have passed to Commander Task Force Seventy-Two, despite her failure to acknowledge. She was directed to proceed to Tulagi and rendezvous with a surface escort, but she did not appear. Again transmissions directing answer were repeatedly sent, but were not fruitful. Since she had not appeared or been heard from since her departure from Johnston Island on 6 November, Corvina was reported as presumed lost on 23 December 1943.

Enemy records indicate that Corvina met her doom on 16 November 1943, by enemy action. An enemy submarine reported having sighted a surfaced submarine in Latitude 5°-50'N, Longitude 151°-10'E, and torpedoed her. Three torpedoes were fired and two were reported to have hit, causing "a great explosion sound."













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Submarine insignia.
U.S.S. Corvina (SS-226)
Name Rate   Name Rate
Allison, Defoie
Asher, Josephus M.
Atwood, J.D.
Baran, Stephen
Beaudette, Lloyd W.
Britt, Harold N.
Brooks, Russell A.
Busby, Marvin J.
Busch, William R.
Chewning, William M.
Clark, James G., Jr.
Curtiss, Glenn R.
Dalton, Elwood A.
Daugherty, George W., Jr.
Ek, James R.
Emerick, John W.
Ennis, Robert E., Jr.
Fahey, James M.
Finske, Robert W.
Fiorot, Enrico B.
Floyd, Richard L.
Foster, Ernest L.
Foster, Norman B.
Gabel, George F.
Ghent, Charles C., Jr.
Green, Delbert L., Jr.
Grisham, Sidney E.
Hale, Bill D.
Hall, Donald K.
Halpin, Joseph E.
Hasty, Alfred W.
Havrilecz, Michael
Hazel, Leon P.
Hemphill, William P., Jr.
Hotz, Frank D.
Jackson, Eddie
Jones, Ernest E.
Jordan, Charles F., Jr.
Lense, Leonard N.
Lloyd, Robert D.
Loken, Wallace E.
QM3
F1
ENS
S1
CQM
F2
StM2
QM2
FC3
LT
SC2
F1
SC1
S2
S2
EM1
MM1
F2
RM3
TM3
S1
CMoMM
RM3
EM3
MoMM1
CRM
CTM
CMoMM
MoMM2
EM3
S1
MoMM1
S1
RM1
SM2
Ck2
F1
SM2
ENS
TM2
MoMM2
    Madison, Gordon O.
Maier, Marvin L.
Maloney, Thomas J.
Manning, James R.
Mautner, Matthew
McHolland, Forrest O.
Meizlik, Marvin H.
Micha, Max F.
Miller, Virgil A.
Murphy, Daniel F., Jr.
Nesbitt, Harvey L.
Ocumpaugh, Edmond IV
Oliver, Paul C.
Osburn, Randall W.
Pitarys, Soterios J.
Reardon, Robert J.
Redman, John L.
Roak, James B.
Robb, Arthur F.
Roberts, Maxwell H.
Rooney, Roderick S.
Rosta, John
Ryder, Earl M.
Schladensky, Paul
Schless, Leon L.
Schuldt, Gale M.
Simunaci, Francis W.
Slagle, William R.
Sloan, David K., Jr.
Smith, Boyd F.
Smith, John D.
St. Aubin, Roger J.
Sumners, Roy E.
Thoben, Francis A.
Thomas, James L.
Toms, Theodore
Trojan, Carl A.
Wade, Lawrence R., Jr.
Williams, Bernard E.
Wood, Erwin E.
MoMM2
F2
TM3
S1
PhM1
MoMM2
GM3
MoMM1
EM1
S2
EM1
LT
TM3
EM3
Cox
F3
F1
LT
TM1
Y1
CDR-CO
TM3
RM2
EM3
EM1
S1
MoMM1
S2
LT-XO
CEM
LTJG
GM2
TM1
SC3
RM3
MoMM1
TM2
F1
MoMM2
CEM

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Related Resource: Glossary of US Naval Abbreviations