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United States Submarine Losses, World War II

Reissued with an Appendix of Axis Submarine Losses

Naval History Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1963

Photo #: 80-G-35726 USS Wahoo (SS-238)

USS Wahoo (SS-238) at Pearl Harbor, soon after the end of her third war patrol, circa 7 February 1943. Her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Dudley W. Morton, is on the open bridge, in right center. Officer standing at left appears to be the executive officer, Lieutenant Richard H. O'Kane. Note the broom lashed to the periscope head, indicating a clean sweep of enemy targets encountered; the pennant bearing the slogan "Shoot the sunza bitches"; and eight small flags, representing claimed sinkings of two Japanese warships and six merchant vessels. The forward radar mast, mounted in front of the periscope shears, has been censored out of this photograph. Wahoo was lost with all hands on 11 October 1943 during her seventh war patrol (80-G-35726).


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This study was originally prepared by Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in 1946, and subsequently revised and reissued as NAV PERS 15.784 in 1949. In 1963, it was expanded with appendix of Axis submarine losses (OPNAV-P33-100, New 5-46, declassified 10-55, revised and augmented 4-63). It was updated with corrections and additions in 2007 and 2017 by Naval History and Heritage Command.




Published: Wed Dec 16 14:46:40 EST 2020