Dorado (SS 248)

Lieutenant Commander E.C. Schneider
Dorado, a newly commissioned submarine, under Lieutenant Commander E.C. Schneider, sailed from New London, Connecticut, on 6 October 1943 for Panama. She did not arrive at Panama nor was she heard from at any time after sailing.

The Commander in Chief, United States Fleet in his comments concerning the Court of Inquiry covering the case, lists three possible causes for the loss of Dorado: operational casualties, enemy action, and attack by friendly forces.

The standard practice of imposing bombing restrictions within an area of fifteen miles on each side of the course of an unescorted submarine making passage in friendly waters and fifty miles ahead and one hundred miles astern of her scheduled position was carried out and all concerned were notified. A convoy was so routed as to pass through the bombing and attack restriction area surrounding Dorado on the evening of 12 October 1943, assuming correct navigation and adherence to schedule by both.

A patrol plane which was assigned by Commandant, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo to furnish air coverage on the evening of 12 October, received faulty instructions as to the location of the bombing and attack restriction area surrounding Dorado and at 2049, local time, the plane delivered a surprise attack of three depth charges on an unidentified submarine. About two hours later, the plane sighted another submarine with which it attempted to exchange recognition signals without success. This submarine fired upon the plane. A German submarine was known to be operating near the scene of these two contacts.

Because of the lack of evidence, the Court of Inquiry was unable to reach definite conclusions as to the cause of the loss of Dorado.

Three generations: Master E.V., Chief Radioman and Mrs. E.G.V., Lieutenant Commander E.C. Schneider
Three Generations: Master E.V., Chief Radioman and Mrs. E.G.V., Lieutenant Commander E.C. Schneider
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Submarine insignia.
U.S.S. Dorado (SS-248)
Name Rate   Name Rate
Abruzzio, L.J.
Addy, Theodore T.
Albright, Virgil J.
Alloway, Thomas
Aman, Paul D.
Anthony, Bruce L.
Austin, William L.
Ballman, August F.
Becker, Richard H.
Boyd, John
Brubeck, Fred L.
Burnett, James J.
Burrell, David L.
Cabase, Isaac
Chandler, Leonard M.
Cilley, Laverne D.
Coelho, J.
Cosaftes, Thomas
Cristello, Dominick
Davenport, Donald J.
Dix, H.M.
Eberl, Edwin H.
Fackrell, Carl E.
Fisher, Joseph B.
Florea, Henry C., Jr.
Fry, John W.
Gardner, Vernon E.
Gendreau, Arthur A., Jr.
Glass, D., Jr.
Greenlee, Bert B.
Guida, Felix F.
Harlock, Robert E.
Harris, Dewitt
Hauber, Robert L.
Hinton, Clarence C.
Hollrock, G.T.
Huffmon, Allan V.
Irwin, R.W.
F2
TM2
RM3
S2
GM1
TM3
S2
ENS
SM1
LT
TM1
S2
BM1
St1
CTM
MoMM2
S1
MoMM2
TM1
CMoMM
FC3
CMoMM
SM3
MoMM1
SC3
F1
F1
TM3
LCDR
MoMM1
EM2
Y2
StM2
CEM
EM1
LTJG
EM1
LT
    Kapral, John
Klink, Robert L.
Lemper, Clarence L.
Liggett, Guy W.
Lozaw, Lawrence E.
Lynch, Maurice E.
Marsh, Joseph B.
Mazari, C.W.
McBroom, Harold D.
McCall, Henry E.
McGrath, Francis M.
Nelson, Elmer W.
Niles, Richard A.
Norman, Francis B.
Nowacki, Hyman A.
O'Dell Paul F.
Ohrt, Charles N., Jr.
Otto, Albert J.
Perrault, Joseph L.
Pope, Hurley L.
Rhode, Ellsworth C.
Routon, Pellam C.
Sanders, Lloyd W.
Schafer, Alfred A., Jr.
Schneider, Earle C.
Singscheimer, Robert K.
Smith, Boyd D.
Speight, Wilburn O.
Talley, Robert S.
Thompson, Davis S.
Tipton, Oliver P.
Vernarsky, Joseph
Wagner, George A.
White, Paul B., Jr.
Williams, Bernard T.
Wilmott, Lester C.
Wilson, M.H.
Windfeldt, Alvin L.
TM2
MM2
CTM
TM3
FC3
MoMM1
MoMM1
MoMM2
MoMM1
MM3
QM3
CQM
MM3
S1
EM3
CRM
CEM
TM3
S2
S2
S2
EM2
RM2
MoMM2
LCDR-CO
S2
RT2
S2
MoMM1
EM3
EM3
F2
LCDR-XO
S2
SC1
PhM1
S2
SC1

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