USS Archer-Fish War Patrol #3
28 May to 15 July 1944
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Patrol Report of U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH (SS-311)

 

SS311/A16-3

CONFIDENTIAL
  U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH (SS-311)
c/o Fleet Post Office,
San Francisco, Calif.
     
Serial (06-44)   14 July 1944
From:   The Commanding Officer.
To:   Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet.
Via:   (1) The Commander, Submarine Division 201.
(2) The Commander Submarine Squadron 20.
(3) The Commander Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet.
(4) The Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet.

Subject:   U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH - Report of Third War Patrol.

Enclosure:   (A) Subject report..
(B) Track Chart
(To ComSubPac).
  1. Enclosure (A), covering the third war patrol of this vessel conducted in Bonin Area during the period 9 June 1944 to 9 July 1944, is forwarded herewith.


    W.H. Wright


(Enclosure)

SS311/A16

CONFIDENTIAL
   

Serial (06-44)
 
Subject:   U.S.S. Archer-Fish (SS-311) - Report of Third War Patrol.


Prologue:

• The U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH arrived Pearl Harbor from her Second War Patrol April 27, 1944. Normal refit was accomplished by the Submarine Base. Commander G.W. Kehl USN was relieved as commanding officer by Lieut. Com’dr. W.H. Wright, USN May 18, 1944 in accordance with ComSubPac Serial 0-1305. Conducted six day training period. Not deparmed or sound tested as the last three days were spent in making the forward battery soft patch tight and testing same. Readiness for sea on May 28, 1944.


Narrative:


May 28, 1944

1330 (VW) - Departed Pearl Harbor for Third War Patrol in company with PC-569.

1630 (VW) - Conducted training exercises with aircraft in connection with lifeguard duties.

1745 (VW) - Escort departed.


May 29-31, 1944

En route Midway conducting daily section training dives, ship and fire control drills.


June 1, 1944

0800 (Y) - Pilot came aboard; entered Midway lagoon, received 13,000 gallons fuel, the coils on #1 evaporator were renewed by Proteus repair force necessitating an overnight stay, fresh provisions were topped off.


June 2, 1944

0630 (Y) - Departed Midway.

1237 (Y) - Sighted Tambor bearing 197 degrees true, range five miles on opposite course. Dived.


June 2-7, 1944

En route area holding daily section dives, ship and fire control drill. Emphasis was placed on obtaining a quick solution with the newly installed DRT.


June 7, 1944

1940 (K) - SD radar contact 30 miles opening. Not sighted Aircraft contact #1


June 8, 1944

1257 (K) - SD radar contact at 22 miles, closed to 18 miles. Not sighted. Dived. Aircraft contact #2. As visibility was good am skeptical of this contact.

1431 (K) - SD radar contact at 2 miles. Not sighted. Dived. Aircraft contact #3. As visibility was good am skeptical of this contact.

1445 (K) - Surfaced.

1858 (K) - SD radar contact 12 miles closing. Not sighted. Dived. Aircraft contact #4.

1920 (K) - Surfaced.


June 9, 1944

0530 (K) - Dived to patrol Empire - Mirianas route as we will have only one day in our western area. Will spend the day submerged out of areas closing Sofu Gan to tune SJ radar tonight.

1158 (K) - Sighted submarine on the surface; believed to be Kingfish at estimated range of 6000 yards. He dived at this range so surfaced immediately and cleared area to northward at flank speed.

1458 (K) - OOD sighted float plane. Dived. Aircraft contact #4. SD was not in use as have decided in general not to use it within 100 miles of an enemy base or when patrolling a convoy route.


June 10, 1944

1900 (K) - Closing Sofu Gan to tune SJ radar.


June 11, 1944

0212 (K) - SJ radar contact, two targets, range 6000 yards. The initial range indicated small ships so tracked ahead and at -

0445 (K) - dived to look them over. One was a fishing vessel of from 80-100 tons with no visible armament. The other a two masted diesel trawler of from 300-500 tons, had a 3" aft., a 50 cal. on the pilot house and a small caliber gun under canvas forward. This vessel emitted single pings at long intervals so decided to trail. Ship contact #1.

1215 (K) - Surfaced on base course of targets.

1330 (K) - A group of four or more planes detected on SJ passing to northward at minimum range of 10,000 yards. Aircraft contact #6.

2127 (K) - SJ radar contact on Muko Jima at 70,000 yards.


June 12, 1944

0958 (K) - Dived at 10 miles to close Muko Jima Retto to inspect for inshore traffic.

1400 (K) - Float plane circled island and disappeared to south. Aircraft contact #7.


June 13, 1944

1122 (K) - Sighted plane, distance 5 miles. Dived. Aircraft contact #8.

1631 (K) - Sighted Swordfish and altered course to pass him at good distance while proceeding to lifeguard station.


June 14,1944

0800 (K) - On station for lifeguard duties in compliance with Op-Ord.


June 15, 1944

1600 (K) - No strike was scheduled for today but had listening watch on aircraft frequencies. Heard our name for tomorrow used several times and the position of two downed pilots were given. Closed to investigate. Heavy seas and winds up to 30 knot force handicap us in search.


June 16, 1944

0200 (K) - In position, aircraft frequencies manned.

0935 (K) - Received information from ComSubPac that raid today will be the only raid.

1230 (K) - Sighted plane 5 miles closing. Dived. Aircraft contact #9.

1255 (K) - Surfaced.

1400 (K) - Made contact with friendly planes. Positions we had heard yesterday were repeated and we spent the remainder of the day searching those areas. Many friendly planes passed overhead during the next hour, all with IFF response.

1530 (K) - Two planes closing from high altitude. No IFF response at two miles. Dived. Aircraft contact #10.

1537 (K) - Two bombs.

1634 (K) - Surfaced. Manned aircraft frequencies, SD and IFF. All quiet. Continued search for aviators.

2144 (K) - Ordered to new station to intercept cripples from a major fleet action.


June 17, 1944 On station.

0447 (K) - SJ contact at 8500 yards. Ship contact #2. Closing target while tracking.

0455 (K) - Sighted target from the bridge. Shortly thereafter both sight and radar contact were lost. The target had been tracking on a south easterly course. Assumed target to be submarine from contour and fact he was lost sight of suddenly. Target stood out very clearly for a full minute before disappearing. Range 6000 yards.

0505 (K) - Dived. Contact never regained.

0835 (K) - Surfaced and cleared to NW.

1132 (K) - Sighted plane. Dived. Aircraft contact #11.

1220 (K) - Surfaced.


June 19, 1944 Patrolling station.


June 20, 1944

1347 (K) - Sighted plane. Dived. Aircraft contact #12.

1349 (K) - One bomb.

1429 (K) - Surfaced.


June 21, 1944 Patrolling station.


June 22, 1944

1037 (K) - Sank mine in Lat. 24-27'N, Long. 139-57.5'E.

1445 (K) - Sighted plane. Dived. Aircraft contact #13.

1455 (K - One bomb.

1616 (K) - Surfaced.

2221 (K) - Ordered to resume assigned schedule in rotating patrol.


June 23, 1944

0426 (K) - Dived 5 miles south of Tobishi Bana to check reenforcement of Iwo Jima. Seventy six planes were counted on the ground. A fighter umbrella is constantly in the air and bombers taking off or landing at frequent intervals. Eight small (300-500 ton) wooden ships were counted anchored off west shore. Aircraft contact #14.. Ship contact #3.

2015 (K) - Surfaced.

2055 (K) - Directed to take station for an air strike on Iwo Jima tomorrow.


June 24, 1944

0400 (K) - On station, listening watch on aircraft frequencies.

0746 (K) - Sighted enemy bomber closing. Dived. Aircraft contact #15.

0805 (K) - Heard distant explosion. All clear at periscope depth. Surfaced. A dog fight is to west of the island. During the next fifteen minutes observed four planes burst into flames and fall west of the island. Proceeding this position. Thirty planes with IFF response approached passing high overhead. These are Grummans but there are still eighteen enemy fighters flailing about over the island and bombers are taking off at short intervals. Looks like our planes never reached the target today.

0931 (K) - Four fighters closing us from high altitude. No IFF response. At two miles dived. Aircraft contact #16.

0940 (K) - Back at periscope depth. One bomb. The three other plans intend us no good. Back to 150 feet, will continue search coming up at fifteen minute intervals. From this time to sunset twenty three enemy fighters and thirty eight bombers were observed taking off or landing. Aircraft contact #17.

1503 (K) - The small ships west of the island were observed milling around to the NW, returning to their anchorage at sundown.


June 25, 1944 Between midnight and 0400 observed 41 planes land on Iwo Jima, all burning running lights. Aircraft contact #18.

0424 (K) - Dived west of the island and continued search for downed aviators. Counted 23 planes taking off or landing during the day. Aircraft contact #19.

2030 (K) - Surfaced.


June 26, 1944 Continued search, unproductive.


June 27, 1944

1008 (K) - JOOD sighted periscope during high periscope sweep. Opened range for an hour. Ship contact #4.

1130 (K) - OOD sighted what he believed at the time to be the shears of a submarine beyond horizon and dived. Planed up to 50 feet and observed instead the masts of two ships. Ship contact #5.

1251 (K) - Surfaced Started tracking at flank speed to gain firing position ahead of the convoy which was now determined to be three ships. Visibility is getting poor but the convoy tracks on course 135 degrees at 15.5 knots.

1821 (K) - Dived. We are in position ahead but we have to close Iwo Jima to 5 miles and may be sighted at any time.

1830 (K) - A ship resembling a LST, high freeboard and boxlike, is standing in toward the east shore of Iwo Jima. A destroyer is leaving this ship and passing up around the west shore anchorage. The masts of eight to ten small ships can be seen at anchor to westward of island. Unable to close the range to the destroyer to less than 8000 yards.

2030 (K) - Secured from Battle Stations, pinging indicates the destroyer is still in the vicinity of the small craft but darkness and a land background have called a truce.

2228 (K) - Surfaced.

2245 (K) - SJ contact 12000 yards. Ship contact #6. Made surface radar approach, night black. With good solution giving an 80 track came in for bow shot. At range 2000 yards target clearly visible decided he was one of the 300-500 tonners seen so often around here. Not a torpedo target and gun action is out as this would flush targets at Iwo. Withdrew.


June 28, 1944

0438 (K) - Dived 4 miles west of Iwo Jima.

0518 (K) - Five small ships stood out from the beach pausing either side of us and steadying on a north westerly course. There are still eight small ships at anchor. A fighter plane is circling overhead. Aircraft contact #20. Spent the next hour and a half investigating these craft but none is big.

0610 (K) - Sighted destroyer and one small ship standing up from the South. The small ship is 500 tons more or less and passed us close aboard en route the anchorage we have been investigating. The destroyer broke off and proceeded to the east shore of the island passing from view around Tobiishi Bana. It is superfluous to say that he is elusive. Spent the remainder of the morning rounding the point and gaining position on this ship. Characteristics check most closely with Hatsuhara type dog dog. During the approach aircraft circled the island continuously and two ships of the LST type (2000 tons estimated) were observed unloading near the beach.

1005 (K) - The destroyer gave us a zero angle on the bow at range 4000 yards and placed us in good position for stern shot with MK 18s. On the next observation the destroyer had swung away presenting a 50 port angle on the bow and now had hoisted a CAST pennant 7. Swung right, the spread has been checking very slow and since he will not come to us we must go to him. Speed checks at 2 knots, - incredible.

1106 (K) - Fired four torpedoes from the bow tubes at range 1100 yards using a half knot speed spread depths set 6 feet. First hit in 42 seconds slightly forward of the mainmast and enveloped the after part of the ship in steam and black smoke. The second hit under the bridge. Flame, smoke, debris, and people shot out of the field of the scope. The bow was observed to break upward at about a thirty degree angle. The fighters can still be seen in the air, many bombers are on the ground, an LST has swung out from the beach and there is only smoke settling at the target. We are inside the 100 fathom curve, cleared area, rigged for depth charge, took sounding and got 600 fathoms so went to 400 feet to withdraw.

1115 (K) - Counter measures commence, charges were dropped in groups of two and the torpedo room reported that the sound heads were damaged immediately after the first two charges. The First Lieutenant reported that the condition was serious enough to warrant housing the heads. The port head was finally hoisted in and secured but the starboard head would not house. JP only in commission now.

1146 (K) - Screws were reported closing to join the fracas but his charges were dropped in singles well aft. Circumstances lead to the belief that the first charges were large aerial depth bombs or charges dropped along our tell-tale V.

2307 (K) - Surfaced.


June 30, 1944

0520 (K) - Dived.

0703 (K) - Sighted single bomber. Aircraft contact #21.

1115 (K) - Surfaced.


June 30, 1944 Uneventful


July 1, 1944

0459 (K) - Dived off Okimura Ko, Haha Jima.

0547 (K) - Sighted CM or PG standing down from the North to enter the harbor. Ship contact #7. The craft acts like a ping line patrol craft heading in and out and in no way following a sensible course.

1850 (K) - Surfaced trailing the CM on a southerly course.

2058 (K) - Patrol craft determined to have reversed course and headed in the direction of Chichi Jima.


July 2, 1944

0215 (K) - SJ contact at 11000 yards. Ship contact #8. Target tracks at 15 knots and is also going toward Chichi Jima. Wanted to look at this target in the daylight so tracked ahead and at

0457 (K) - Dived. As the target continued in, he was identified as one of the LST type of about 2000 tons and of 4-5 foot draft. There is a crying need for a torpedo that will run at a depth of from surface to four feet in smooth seas and will arm at about 100 foot to be used against craft of this type and small escorts. We are seven miles from the harbor entrance and prefer torpedoes to gun action with an air field so close.

0545 (K) - Sighted float plane. Aircraft contact #23.

0620 (K) - Sighted sail boat. Ship contact #9.

0645 (K) - Two float planes closed and circled the sail boat. Aircraft contact #24.

0825 (K) - Sighted float plane. Aircraft contact #25.

0935 (K) - Sighted bomber. Aircraft contact #26.

1040 (K) - Heavy black smoke sighted bearing 030 degrees true. Two float planes are circling over the smoke. Ship contact #10. Aircraft contact #27.

1048 (K) - The true bearing of the smoke increased so came to the normal approach course, increased speed to two thirds, and dropped to 90' between looks. A fix placed us five and one half miles from the nearest land. The tops now in sight indicated a scattered convoy of four or five ships. Range 16000 yards, convoy zigging on a southerly course.

1124 (K) - Ships began to fall into column astern of one large smoker. With range to convoy 11000 yards a two stack destroyer stood out of Futani Ko and proceeded to augment the escort group. The convoy consisted of five ships; one large AP, four medium or small AKs. Two of the ships classed as AKs may have been AOs as they had long low well deck construction characteristic of this type. For escorts, the convoy had two destroyers, one CH or PG, and two PC or SC. The AP cannot be identified but her tonnage is believed to be a minimum 10000 as she dwarfs the AKs astern. She has single, squat stack, double deck stateroom space amidships, and full awnings rigged. over the well deck spaces forward and aft. Troops and equipment all over the topside. Decided to try for this one and fire a full nest forvwrd as we wanted to leave no cripples.

1157 (K) - At range 3000 yards, track 120, target speed 8 knots fired six torpedoes with a one knot speed spread, depths set six and ten feet, small gyro angles. The torpedoes ran normally. The PC between us and target spotted the smoke tracks and started turning with the tracks and away from us.

1159 (K) - Swung and fired two MK 18 torpedoes from the after tubes at a destroyer range 3000 yards with an 80 degree starboard angle on the bow. Shifted right a couple of degrees to an AK that almost overlapped the destroyer and with a fifty degree angle on the bow range 2800 started firing the last two MK 18s. At this time a periscope sweep revealed the PC had spun on his heal was giving our scope a zero angle and was coming in with some speed, range 1200 yards. The Commanding Officer believed that all torpedoes had been fired and had the word passed to Rig for Depth Charge Attack. By the time the error was discovered the outer doors were closed, gyro spindles out. This casualty resulted in firing only nine torpodoes and CO assumes full responsibility.

1201 (K) - Four timed hits were heard from the forward group time of torpedo run two minutes. One hit from the after group was heard in the Conning Tower although the After Torpedo Room reported two timed hits aft.

1203 (K) - Counter measures commence as we are passing 400 feet, the evasive tactics consisted of drawing off to westward at 500 feet and attempting to swing enough to prevent their getting a reading on fathometer as they came down the middle, this was not always sucessful and when by screw noises they had passed overhead, a minimun of six charges were unloaded. A total of 107 charges were dropped, and although the effect was sobering, the lads that day learned to love a boat that could take such punishment. R.M. Cousins, RT2c did an outstanding job on JP, both sound heads were out of commission from previous attack.

2052 (K) - Surfaced.


July 3, 1944 Proceeding lifeguard station.


July 4, 1944

0200 (K) - Manned aircraft voice frequencies.

0530 (K) - Many planes diving on Iwo Jima, bomb bursts on the ground and AA bursts in the air. Manned SD and IFF and got response.

0555 (K) - Twenty five more friendly planes approach the island from the southward and go into bombing routine.

0557-0600 (K) - Two planes close from three to two miles. No IFF response. Dived. Aircraft contact #28.

0624 (K) - Surfaced.

0747 (K) - Plane closed to three miles. No IFF response. Dived. Aircraft contact #29.

0811 (K) - Two Grummans in sight. Surfaced. Established communications.

0817 (K) - Twenty two planes moving in on Iwo.

0826 (K) - Fifty friendly planes form an umbrella over us.

0857 (K) - Picked up our first aviator.

0914 (K) - Shore battery opened up.

0917 (K) - Splash ahead of bow indicates we are the target. Executed well known maneuver commonly known as “Getting the Hell out of there”.

0930 (K) - Two planes coming in from high altitude. No IFF response at 4 miles. Strafed at decks awash. All compartments report that boat is tight. Aircraft contact #30.

1048 (K) - Surfaced. Twenty five friendly planes in sight. One antenna shot away, 20 mm fragmentation in the shears but no real damage.

1054 (K) - Seventy planes pass overhand, IFF response.

1100 (K) - Thirty-four planes pass overhead, IFF response.

1307 (K) - Two float planes are coming at us fast from ahead, our planes are shooting at them but at two miles, dived. Aircraft contact #31.

1309 (K) - One bomb. Not close.

1400 (K) - Surfaced. Between 1400 and 1600 our surface craft covered Iwo Jima with systematic bombardment.

1600 (K) - SD contact closing to 4 miles. No IFF response. Dived. Aircraft contact #32.

1700 (K) - Surfaced. Task force of 12 or more ships clearing to the southward. From this time until 1829 our air escort continued the search for downed pilots. The weather has been good. The air search complete within a circle of sixty mile radius. The only blind spot in the search is East and South of the island and this is being covered by our own surface forces.

1950 (K) - Plane closed to 4 miles. No IFF response. Dived. Aircraft contact #33.

2033 (K) - Surfaced.


July 5, 1944

1329 (K) - Sighted bomber closing. Dived. Aircraft contact #34.

1420 (K) - Surfaced.


July 6, 1944

0910 (K) - Sighted bomber. Dived. Aircraft contact #35.

1028 (K) - Surfaced.

1100 (K) - Three bombers sighted closing. Dived. Aircraft contact #36.

1310 (K) - Surfaced.

1615 (K) - Picked up Japanese subject.

1716 (K) - Aircraft contact on SJ closing rapidly. Dived. Aircraft contact #37.

1939 (K) - Surfaced. Passing through oil and other flotsam during remainder of the night. Three more people were sighted at intervals, we maneuvered to pass them close aboard and called out to them but none talked, they could not have been aviators.


July 7, 1944

0526 (K) - Dived off Chichi Jima.

0845 (K) - Sighted flying boat. Aircraft contact #38.

1947 (K) - Surfaced.


July 8, 1944

1034 (K) - Sighted bomber closing. Dived. Aircraft contact #39.

1937 (K) - Surfaced.


July 9, 1944

0947-1000 (K) - Passing through wreckage. Five cadavers counted.

1404 (K) - Sighted bomber closing. Dived. Aircraft contact #40.

1457 (K) - Surfaced.

1928 (K) - Departed area en route Midway


July 9-15, 1944 Enroute to Midway.


July 15, 1944 Arrived Midway


Weather:

• The weather during the period of this patrol was generally fair with occasional heavy rain squalls. The only unexpected feature was two days of low but heavy fog encountered northwest of Huko Shima Rotto June 12-13, 1944.


Tidal Information:

• The only added information to that which has been previously reported is the counter current south east of Iwo Jima which sets to the south west at about 1.5-2.0 knots along the 100 fathom curve and joins a rip tide south of Tobiishi Bana (Iwo Jima).


Navigation Aids:

• None


Ship Contacts:

No. Time
Date
Lat.
Long
Type(s) Initial
Range
Estimated
Co.& Spd
How
Contacted
Remarks
1. 0212
6/11/44
28-12N
142-25E
1.Sampan
2.Trawler
6,000 160 deg.
5 kts.
SJ Radar Engaged in
Fishing
2. 0447
6/17/44
24-35N
140-12E
Submarine 3,500 225 deg
: kts.
SJ Radar Submerged as we
began to track
3. 1600
6/16/44
24-47N
141-17E
8 Small
300-500
tons
8,000 Anchored Periscope
(Submerged)
Unloading supplies
assisted by two or
more launches
4. 1008
 6/27/44
26-00N
140-05E
Submarine 6,000   Periscope
(high)
Sighted periscope
5. 1130
6/27/44
20-02N
140-17E
3 unidentified.
One later ID’
as DD
24,000 135 deg.
15.5 kts
Periscope
(high)
DD sunk 6/28/44
6. 2245
6/27/44
24-40N
141-07E
Shallow draft
cargo craft
300-500 tons
12,000 080 deg.
6 kts.
SJ Radar Too small for
torpedoes.
7. 1400
 7/1/44
26-40N
142-02E
Patrol craft
(CM or PG)
10,000 Southerly Periscope
(high)
Patrolling.
8. 0215
7/2/44
27-02N
141-40E
LST type
(2000 tons)
 4-5-ft. draft
11,000 160 deg.
15 kts.
SJ Radar  
9. 0520
7/2/44
27-12N
142-04E
Sail boat 8,000 Southerly Periscope  
10. 1048
 7/2/44
27-08N
142-04E
2 DD
1CM or PG
2 PC or SC
4 Med. AK
1 large AP
20,000 140 deg
  8 kts.
Periscope Attacked AP,
 AK, and DD

 
Aircraft Contacts:

  Contact Number   1 2 3 4 5 6
S
U
B
M
A
R
I
N
E
Date   June 7 June 8 June 8 June 8 June 9 June 11
Time (Zone)   1940 1257 1431 1858 1458.30 1330
Position: Lat. 27-30 N 28-10 N 29-11 N 27-42 N 28-00 N (?)
  Long 153-48 E 148-58 E 147-40E 146-58E 143-45 E 141-10 E
Speed   11 11 17 17 17 11
Course       255 255 350  
Trim   Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface
Minuets Since Last
SD Radar Search
  Contin. Contin. 0 0 0 0.0.
A
I
R
C
R
A
F
T
Number   Not Not Not Not 1 Not
Type   Sighted Sighted Sighted Sighted Float Sighted
Prob. Mission           Patrol  
How Contacted   SD SD SD SD Lookout SD
Initial Range   30 mi 22 mi     10 mi 5 mi
Elevation Angle           2  
Range/relative
bearing when it detected S/M
      2 miles 12 miles 10 miles
200
 
C
O
N
D
I
T
I
O
N
S
Seas (State (Beaufort)     1 3 2  
  (Direction (Rel)     225 305 225  
Visibility (Miles)     30 30 30  
Clouds (Height inft.)     6,000 6,000 4,500  
  (% Overcast)     7 7 5  
Moon: (Bearing (Rel)            
  (Angle)            
  (Percent Illum)            

Type of S/M Camouflage on this patrol Medium Gray

* Symbol 0.0. is used in this report to indicate SD was not being used.



  Contact Number   7 8 9 10 11 12
S
U
B
M
A
R
I
N
E
Date   June 12 June 13 June 16 June 16 June 18 June 20
Time (Zone)   1400 1122 1200 1535 1132 1347
Position: Lat. 27-40 N 27-50 N 24-20 N 7 miles   24-39N
  Long 152-26 E 142-35 E 141-04E South 2   138-53 E
Speed   3 4 5 17 9 8.5
Course     180 295 010 270 270
Trim   Submerg Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface
Minuets Since Last
SD Radar Search
  0.0. 0.0. 0.0. 0.0. 0.0. 0.0.
A
I
R
C
R
A
F
T
Number   1 1 1 2 1 1
Type   Rufe Dave 2 Engine
Float
Med
Bomber
2 Engine
Float
Betty
Prob. Mission   Patrol Patrol Patrol Oposition
Raid
Patrol Patrol
How Contacted   Periscope Lookout O.O.D. Lookout Lookout Lookout
Initial Range   4 mi 3 mi 5 mi 7 mi 6 mi 5 mi
Elevation Angle     5 3 1 4 1
Range/relative
bearing when it detected S/M
      8 miles
175
4 miles
275
6+ miles
045
5 mi
330
C
O
N
D
I
T
I
O
N
S
Seas (State (Beaufort)   1 2 2 3 1
  (Direction (Rel)     145 345 315 355
Visibility (Miles)   20 8 8 20 20
Clouds (Height inft.)   9,000 6,000 6,000 10,000 9,900
  (% Overcast)   2 8 8 4 9
Moon: (Bearing (Rel)            
  (Angle)            
  (Percent Illum)            

Type of S/M Camouflage on this patrol Medium Gray



  Contact Number   13 14 15 16 17 18
S
U
B
M
A
R
I
N
E
Date   June 22 June 23 June 24 June 24 June 24 June 25
Time (Zone)   1445 0426 0746 0931 0940 0000-0400
Position: Lat. 24-27 N 24-30 N 24-30 N 24-30 N 24-31 N 24-50 N
  Long 139-31 E 141-11 E 141-15 E 141-12 E 141-13 E 141-20 E
Speed   9 3 11 11 3 11
Course   097 020 000 330 330 080
Trim   Surface Submerg Surface Surface Submerg Surface
Minuets Since Last
SD Radar Search
  0.0. Observed
umbrella
0.0. Contin. Contin.
Bomber
Observed
41 Planes
A
I
R
C
R
A
F
T
Number   1 of fighters
in air and
1 Not
Sighted
& Fighter
activity
Landing
on Iwo
Type   Betty 76 planes
on ground
Betty   during day
50 Planes
Jima
Prob. Mission   Patrol through-
out day
Patrol Patrol    
How Contacted   Periscope Periscope Periscope SD    
Initial Range   9 mi.     2 mi.    
Elevation Angle   1          
Range/relative
bearing when it detected S/M
  9 miles
195
         
C
O
N
D
I
T
I
O
N
S
Seas (State (Beaufort) 1          
  (Direction (Rel) 120          
Visibility (Miles) 20          
Clouds (Height inft.) 6,000          
  (% Overcast) 8          
Moon: (Bearing (Rel)            
  (Angle)            
  (Percent Illum)            

Type of S/M Camouflage on this patrol Medium Gray



  Contact Number   19 20 21 22 23 24
S
U
B
M
A
R
I
N
E
Date   June 25 June 28 June 30 July 1 July 2 July 2
Time (Zone)   0424 0518 0803 0547 0545 0645
Position: Lat. 24-19 N 24-53 N 25-27 N 26-28 N 27-10 N 27-30 N
  Long 141-12 E 141-13 E 139-27 E 141-47 E 141-54 E 142-03 E
Speed   3 3 3 3 3 2.5
Course   152 155 090 083 190 190
Trim   Submerg Submerg Submerg Submerg Submerg Submerg
Minuets Since Last
SD Radar Search
  Observed
23 planes
0.0. 0.0. 0.0. 0.0. 0.0.
A
I
R
C
R
A
F
T
Number   over Iwo 1 1 1 1 2
Type   Jima Zero Betty Rufe Rufe Rufe
Prob. Mission     Patrol Patrol Patrol Patrol Patrol
How Contacted     Periscope Periscope Periscope Periscope Periscope
Initial Range     2 mi 6 mi     4 mi
Elevation Angle             5
Range/relative
bearing when it detected S/M
            Not
Detected
C
O
N
D
I
T
I
O
N
S
Seas (State (Beaufort)           1
  (Direction (Rel)           160
Visibility (Miles)           10
Clouds (Height inft.)           7,000
  (% Overcast)           3
Moon: (Bearing (Rel)            
  (Angle)            
  (Percent Illum)            

Type of S/M Camouflage on this patrol Medium Gray



  Contact Number   25 26 27 28 29 30
S
U
B
M
A
R
I
N
E
Date   July 2 July 2 July 2 July 4 July 4 July 4
Time (Zone)   0825 0934 1040 0600 0747 0930
Position: Lat. 27-15 N 27-12 N 27-10 N 24-48 N 24-45 N 24-47 N
  Long 142-04 E 142-03 E 142-01 E 140-40 E 141-05 E 140-45 E
Speed   2.5 2.5 2.5 11 11 11
Course   220 200 180 270 092 000
Trim   Submerg Submerg Submerg Surface Surface Surface
Minuets Since Last
SD Radar Search
  0.0. 0.0. 0.0. Contin. Contin. Contin.
A
I
R
C
R
A
F
T
Number   1 2 2 2    
Type   Rufe Betty Rufe      
Prob. Mission   Patrol Patrol Patrol      
How Contacted   Periscope Periscope Periscope      
Initial Range   4 mi 8 mi 8 mi 2 mi 3 mi 4 mi
Elevation Angle   7 3 3      
Range/relative
bearing when it detected S/M
  Not
Detected
Not
Detected
Not
Detected
     
C
O
N
D
I
T
I
O
N
S
Seas (State (Beaufort) 1 1 1      
  (Direction (Rel) 200 220 240      
Visibility (Miles) 20 20 20      
Clouds (Height inft.) 7,000 7,000 7,000      
  (% Overcast) 3 7 7      
Moon: (Bearing (Rel)            
  (Angle)            
  (Percent Illum)            

Type of S/M Camouflage on this patrol Medium Gray



  Contact Number   31 32 33 34 35 36
S
U
B
M
A
R
I
N
E
Date   July 4 July 4 July 4 July 5 July 6 July 6
Time (Zone)   1307 1600 1950 1329 0910 1100
Position: Lat. 24-49 N 24-38 N 24-40 N 27-13.5 N 28-22.5 N 28-22.5 N
  Long 141-06 E 141-02 E 141-03 E 138-30 E 140-32 E 140-38 E
Speed   11 11 11 11 11 11
Course       290 315 100 100
Trim   Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface
Minuets Since Last
SD Radar Search
  0.0. Contin. Contin. 0.0. 0.0. 0.0.
A
I
R
C
R
A
F
T
Number   2     1 1 3
Type   Rufe     Betty or
Sally
Betty or
Sally
Betty or
Sally
Prob. Mission         Patrol Patrol Patrol
How Contacted   O.O.D. SD SD Lookout Periscope Lookout
SJ
Initial Range   2 mi 4 mi 4 mi 10 mi 6 mi 10 mi
Elevation Angle         4 5 4
Range/relative
bearing when it detected S/M
        Not
Detected
Not
Detected
4 mi.
085 rel
C
O
N
D
I
T
I
O
N
S
Seas (State (Beaufort)       1 1 1
  (Direction (Rel)       345 265 265
Visibility (Miles)       12 20 20
Clouds (Height inft.)       6,000 10,000 10,000
  (% Overcast)       4 7 7
Moon: (Bearing (Rel)            
  (Angle)            
  (Percent Illum)            

Type of S/M Camouflage on this patrol Medium Gray



  Contact Number   37 38 39 40    
S
U
B
M
A
R
I
N
E
Date   July 6 July 7 July 8 July 9    
Time (Zone)   1716 0845 1034 1404    
Position: Lat. 28-28 N 27-05 N 28-22.5 N 28-40 N    
  Long 141-16 E 142-05 E 141-10 E 141-30 E    
Speed   11 3 11 11    
Course   325 340 090 082    
Trim   Surface Submerg Surface Surface    
Minuets Since Last
SD Radar Search
  0.0. 0.0. 0.0. 0.0.    
A
I
R
C
R
A
F
T
Number     1 1 1    
Type     Mavis Betty Betty    
Prob. Mission       Patrol Patrol    
How Contacted   SJ Periscope J.O.O.D. J.O.O.D.    
Initial Range   8 mi 5 mi 6 mi 5 mi    
Elevation Angle              
Range/relative
bearing when it detected S/M
             
C
O
N
D
I
T
I
O
N
S
Seas (State (Beaufort)            
  (Direction (Rel)            
Visibility (Miles)            
Clouds (Height inft.)            
  (% Overcast)            
Moon: (Bearing (Rel)            
  (Angle)            
  (Percent Illum)            

Type of S/M Camouflage on this patrol Medium Gray



Attack Data:

U.S.S. Archer-Fish Torpedo Attack No. 1 Patrol No. 3.
• Time: 1005.30 (I)   • Date: June 28, 1944   • Lat. 21-44'-20"N   • Long. 140-20'-03"E


Target Data - Damage Inflicted
• Description: Fired 4 torpedoes with an 82 port track at a 2 knot speed, target range 1100 yards, a knot speed spread was used. Observed two hits. One forward of the mainmast, one under bridge. Steam and smoke erupted aft, flame and debris went skyward amidships, and the bow broke upward at about 30 degrees. Two LST type (2000 tons) ships were beyond at 3000-3500 yard range, also practically dead in the water but it was not felt that their shallow draft gave sufficient chance of hits. On last observation only settling steam and smoke were visible at the target.

• Ship Sunk: One unidentified destroyer similar to Hatsahara class.
• Probably Sunk: None
• Damage determined by: Observation.
• Target draft: 9   • Course: 215 T   • Speed: 2 kt.   • Range: 1160 at firing.


Own Ship Data
• Speed: 3 kt   • Course: 300 T   • Depth: 64'   • Angle: 0
• Type Attack: Periscope attack. Normal attack procedure was reversed. Submarine chases Dog Dog. Only his cooperation allowed us to catch up with him. Four torpedoes were fired to prevent his reaching the beach in a damaged condition - or us. Adequate air cover did not molest us until attack was completed.
Tubes Fired #3 #4 #5 #6    
Track 83P 82P 81P 81P    
Gyro Angle 13R 13R 13R 11R    
Depth Set 6' 6' 6' 6'    
Power High High High High    
Hit or Miss Hit Hit Miss Miss    
Erratic No No No No    
Mark Torpedo 14-3A 14-3A 23 23    
Serial No. 24497 24841 41472 52808    
Mark Exploder 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-4    
Serial No. 21898 1221 2722 8644    
Actuation Set Contact Contact Contact Contact    
Actuation Actual Contact Contact Contact Contact    
Mark Warhead 16 16-1 16-1 16-1    
Serial No. 2347 13841 13760 12747    
Explosive Torpex Torpex Torpex Torpex    
Firing lnterval - 8 sec 8 sec 8 sec    
Type Spread Speed None Speed Speed    
Sea Conditions Calm Calm Calm Calm    
Overhaul Activity U.S. Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Remarks:  



U.S.S. Archer-Fish Torpedo Attack No. 2(a) Patrol No. 3.
• Time: 1157(K)   • Date: July 2, 1944   • Lat. 27-07'30"N   • Long. 142-03'-40"E


Target Data - Damage Inflicted
• Description: Six Mark 23 torpedoes were fired with 1210 starboard track, range 3000 yards with a 1 knot speed spread. Target speed 6 knots. Four timed hits were heard at two minutes run.

• Ship Sunk:
• Probably Sunk: Large AP
• Damage determined by: Timed hits.
• Target draft: 25-30 feet   • Course: 190   • Speed: 8 kt.   • Range: 3000 at firing.


Own Ship Data
• Speed: 3 kt   • Course: 125 T   • Depth: 64'   • Angle: 0
• Type Attack: Periscope attack. Convoy was five ships. Six torpedoes were fired at the large AP because she was heavily laden. No breaking up noises were heard due to counter measures. These were ably conducted by five escorts.
Tubes Fired #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
Track 122S 119S 120S 122S 125S 127S
Gyro Angle 7R 4R 6R 7R 10R 12R
Depth Set 6' 10' 6' 10' 6' 10'
Power High High High High High High
Hit or Miss Hit Hit Hit Hit Miss Miss
Erratic No No No No No No
Mark Torpedo 14-3A 14-3A 23 14-3A 23 23
Serial No. 40427 26795 41128 26577 61670 52928
Mark Exploder 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-4
Serial No. 2026 74?5 17695 4456 2457 9485
Actuation Set Contact Contact Contact Contact Contact Contact
Actuation Actual Contact Contact Contact Contact - -
Mark Warhead 16-1 16-1 16-1 16-1 16-1 16-1
Serial No. 11752 13888 13806 13303 12535 13768
Explosive Torpex Torpex Torpex Torpex Torpex Torpex
Firing lnterval - 8 sec 8 sec 8 sec 8 sec 8 sec
Type Spread - Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed
Sea Conditions Calm Calm Calm Calm Calm Calm
Overhaul Activity U.S. Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Remarks:  



U.S.S. Archer-Fish Torpedo Attack No. 2(b) Patrol No. 3.
• Time: 1159(K)   • Date: July 2, 1944   • Lat. 27-07'30"N   • Long. 142-03'-40"E


Target Data - Damage Inflicted
• Description: Two targets, a DD and an AK, two degrees difference in bearing. Tubes #7 and #8 were fired at DD, tube #9 was fired at AK. The four AKs in column astern of the AP were spaced about two ship lengths apart. Since we had fired with small gyro angles forward with Mark 23s now swung and accepted 60 right gyros with Mark 18s aft at a DD range 3000 yards 80 starboard track and an AK with a 45 starboard track. One timed hit was heard in the conning tower. The after room recorded two timed hits. No one forward of the Maneuvering Room heard the second hit aft but we were blowing negative tank at the time. It is not known whether the hit for (a) was in an AK or in a Destroyer. These data are submitted although we realize they do little to substantiate a claim of damage to two ships aft.

• Ship Sunk:
• Damaged: AK or DD
• Damage determined by: Timed hits.
• Target draft: 9'
20'
  • Course: 165 (DD)
195 (AK)
  • Speed: 8 kt
8 kt
  • Range: 3000 at firing.
2800 at firing.


Own Ship Data
• Speed: 4 kt   • Course: 180 T   • Depth: 64'   • Angle: 0
• Type Attack: Periscope
Tubes Fired #7 #8 #9      
Track 82S 78S 46S      
Gyro Angle 64R 63R 61R      
Depth Set 6' 6' 6'      
Power - - -      
Hit or Miss Miss Miss (?) Hit      
Erratic No No No      
Mark Torpedo 18-1 18-1 18-1      
Serial No. 54706 54520 54763      
Mark Exploder 8-5 8-5 8-5      
Serial No. 8539 8398 7945      
Actuation Set Contact Contact Contact      
Actuation Actual - - Contact      
Mark Warhead 18-1 18-1 18-1      
Serial No. 7936 1984 1915      
Explosive Torpex Torpex Torpex      
Firing lnterval - 10 sec -      
Type Spread - Speed -      
Sea Conditions Calm Calm Calm      
Overhaul Activity U.S. Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Remarks: Gyro angles for this attack were such for possible hits
in either DD or AK.


Mines:

• None


Anti Submarine Measures and Evasion Tactics:

• Evasion tactics employed were deep submergence and slow speeds. No anti submarine measures other than those reported before were encountered. A total of about 130 bombs and depth charges were dropped during deliberate attacks.


Major Defects and Damage:

• Sound heads - While passing 340 feet, speed 4 knots and 7 degree down angle, two charges went off followed closely by two more close charges. While this was happening the sound gear shook violently and training gears made a grating noise. Oil and water were observed squirting from cables on port sound head and chattering of the training motor gearing was heard. Port sound head was rigged in and it was noted that the head twisted while rigging. In as much as starboard sound head could be trained only a few degrees, and attempt was made to rig it in. Head raised about 18" and jammed, ship being at about 400 feet at the time. This head has remained in semi-rigged condition since that time. It is not known whether the depth charges were responsible for the damage or the ship hit bottom. We have no other reason to believe the boat grounded than the damage to the sound heads.

• Soft Patch - The forward battery soft patch continues to leak at all depths.

• Conning Tower hatch - The conning tower hatch seats improperly and leaks on every dive at from 30 to 35 feet.

• Excessive electrolytic action - Inspection of a small leak in the air conditioning circulating water lines revealed that a joint had corroded away due to electrolytic action. A close examination should be made of all trim and drain lines, and all circulating water lines in the pump room, engine rooms and maneuvering room. Particular attention should be placed on the fittings of the above items, where they are silver soldered and dis-similar metals may have been used to determine the extent of this action.

• Steering Gear - The steering gear continues to be our noisiest piece of equipment when running silently. While this unit was within the contracted sound level limits by the last sound test (Dec 1943) it is suspected that it is now above the limit.


Radio:

• Reception:

Used 14390 kcs. during daylight hours, but reception was generally poor from 0800 to 1600 (K). Used 9090 kcs. and either 6380 kcs. or 4525 kcs. for copying HAIKU schedules during the night, and on the whole reception was good. Found it expedient to guard two frequencies during the schedules in case of fading or jamming on one of the frequencies. Suspected jamming on 9090 kcs. several times. 17370 kcs. was never used because the signal was either very weak or altogether inaudible.

• Transmissions:

All necessary transmissions were made satisfactorily using 8470 kcs. With the exception of repeating a few groups, NPH was able to receive us on the first transmission. A Japanese station transmits on 3470 kcs from 2000 to 2400 (K time) which resulted in NPH’s signal on this frequency being weak and distorted.

• Lifeguard Communications:

After contact with the planes was once obtained, communications were quite good. 6740 kcs. on the TBL Modulator (Voy-Call) was used almost exclusively during the life-guard operations. A guard was maintained on Channel 3 of VHF, but very little transmission was heard. We had occasion to use that channel only once, and that with fair success, so we knew our equipment was working. It is believed that the tuning of the VHF is so sharp that unless the ship’s unit can be checked with that of the search and cover planes communications by this means is not practical.

Difficulty from moisture collecting in tha antenna trunk was corrected by keeping a 100 Watt light bulb burning in the base of the trunk while the antennas were in use.

The only ComSubPac serial missed was 87 (believed to have been sent about June 7 or 8). There were numerous NPH serials missed because of all day dives and the messages not being repeated at night.


Radar:

• SJ radar ranges were good, maximum being 100,000 yards on a 3180 ft. island. Two difficulties were encountered: 1. Defective 836 high voltage rectifier tubes. 866's from 1-MC were substituted after all available 836's had been used. 2. A bad voltage surge following the shift of I.C. motor generators blew a number of fuse and shorted condenser C-16 in T.P.I. unit.

• SD radar gave good results including its use in connection with I.F.F. equipment while on plane guard duty. Contacts and I.F.F. response were obtained at ranges up to 40 miles. The only difficulty in identification occurred when there were large groups of planes at equal ranges. SD high frequency tune up proved unstable and was returned to lower frequency by Proteus during voyage repairs prior to patrol. The pre amplifier unit, having proved unreliable, was disconnected at this time.


Sound Gear and Sound Conditions:

• Prior to sound head casualty of 28 June by severe depth charge, JK-QC and QB was satisfactory and sound conditions normal.

• JP-1 was vary dependable being our only source of information during the attack mentioned above. Minor difficulties were experienced with broken leads in the cable below the lower packing unit. Installation does not provide adequately for the constant flexing which occurs at this point.


Density Layers:

• No unusual density layers were encountered. Bathothermograph cards were taken throughout the patrol and are being forwarded to The Vice Chief of Naval Operations (Hydro Office) in accordance with existing instructions.


Health and Food and Habitability:

• No serious defects were observed in any of the above items. One case of acute appendicitis was successfully treated according to the instructions issued by the Pearl Harbor Sub Base. The patient will be transferred for further treatment during the refit.


Personnel:

    (a)   Number of men on board during patrol.   74
    (b)   Number of men qualified at start of patrol.   51
    (c)   Number of men qualified at end of patrol   52
    (d)   Number of unqualified men making first patrol.   16
    (e)   Number of men advanced in rating during patrol.   _8

• The state of training of officers and men left nothing to be desired. No adverse reactions were noted under prolonged depth charge attack.


Miles Steamed - Fuel Used:

    Pearl Harbor to area   3199 miles   27,200 gallons
    In area   5539 miles   45,780 gallons
    Area to Midway   2164 miles   18,074 gallons


Duration:

    (Days en route to area   10 )
    (Days in area   33 )
    (Days en route to Midway   7 )
    (Days submerged   9 )


Factors of Endurance Remaining:

    Torpedoes   Fuel   Provisions   Personnel Factor
    11   13,200 gallons   20 days   Unknown days

• Limiting factor this patrol: Opord.

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FIRST ENDORSEMENT

 

SUBMARINE DIVISION TWO HUNDRED ONE jrw

FB5-201/A16-3                                                                      Fleet Post Office
                                                                                                San Francisco, California.
Serial:             (037)                                                                 16 July 1944

C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T-I-A-L

FIRST ENDORSEMENT to
CO ARCHER-FISH Conf. Ltr.
SS311/A16-3 serial (06-44)
dated 14 July 1944.

From:              Commander Submarine Division TWO HUNDRED ONE
To:                  Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet.
Via:                 (1) Commander Submarine Squadron TWENTY.
                        (2) Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
                        (3) Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Subject:           U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH Report of Third War Patrol - Comments on.

            1.          The third war patrol of U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH was the first for the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander W.H. Wright as such. This patrol was conducted in the Bonin Area and consisted of thirty-one days in the Area. The ARCHER-FISH was assigned life guard duties during the strikes on Iwo Jima on July 4th and rescued one aviator. No opportunity to inflict damage on the enemy was missed. It is vary gratifying to see how conscientiously this fine patrol was conducted.

            2.          ATTACK NUMBER ONE.

                        Four torpedoes were fired from periscope depth at a destroyer similar to the Hatsuharu class. Two hits were observed and the destroyer seen to sink. The torpedoes were fired at a range of 1160 yards on an 82 port track using a speed spread of 1/2 knot. This attack took place on June 28th close to the beach and in spite of air coverage. The aggressive spirit displayed in pressing home this attack is noteworthy.

                        ATTACK NUMBER TWO

                        This attack was made on July 2nd 1944 against a heavily escorted convoy of five ships. Nine torpedoes were fired in this attack, which resulted in the sinking of a 10,000 ton AP and the damaging of either a destroyer or a medium AK. Six torpedoes were fired from the bow tubes on a 120 starboard track from a range of 3,000 yards at a large AP. Depth settings of six and ten feet were used with a one knot speed spread. Four timed hits were heard and although the target was not seen to sink because of counter attack, it is felt by this command that the target. sank.

                        After firing the bow tubes the ARCHER-FISH swung for a stern tube attack on a destroyer and medium sized AK. Only three Mark 18's were fired due to a misunderstanding and one timed hit was heard.

(unsigned)

 

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SECOND ENDORSEMENT

 

FC5-20/Al6-3             SUBMARINE SQUADRON TWENTY

Serial 087                                                                                       Care of Fleet Post Office,
                                                                                                       San Francisco, California,
                                                                                                                18 July, 1944.

CONFIDENTIAL

SECOND ENDORSEMENT to
CO ARCHER-FISH Conf. Ltr.
SS311/A16-3/  Serial 06-44
dated 14 July, 1944.

From :             The Commander Submarine Squadron TWENTY.
To :                The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet.
Via :                (1) The Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
                        (2) The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Subject:           U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH, Report of Third War Patrol, comments on.

            1.         The remarks of Commander Submarine Division 201 are concurred in.

            2.         The Squadron Commander congratulates the Captain, officers, and crew of
 ARCHER-FISH for a very well conducted and successful patrol. The attacks were intelligently and aggressively conducted. Lifeguard duties were successfully carried out. ARCHER-FISH returned in good material condition and with the morale of personnel high.

                                                                                                LEO L. PACE.

Copy to:
            CSD - 201
            CO ARCHER-FISH

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THIRD ENDORSEMENT

 

FF12-10/A16-3(15)/(16)        SUBMARINE FORCE, PACIFIC FLEET                mr

Serial 01517                                                                                     Care of Fleet Post Office,
                                                                                                         San Francisco, California,
CONFIDENTIAL                                                                            25 July 1944.

THIRD ENDORSEMENT to                                 NOTE:    THIS REPORT WILL BE
ARCHER-FISH Report of                                                     DESTROYED PRIOR TO
Third War Patrol                                                                    ENTERING PATROL AREA.

COMSUBSPAC PATROL REPORT NO. 475
U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH - THIRD WAR PATROL.

From:                          The Commander Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet.
To:                              The Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet.
Via:                             The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Subject:                       U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH (SS-3I1) - Report of Third War Patrol
                                    (28 May to 15 July 1944).

            1.         The third war patrol of the ARCHER-FISH was the first for the new Commanding Officer, as such. The patrol was conducted in the Bonin Islands Area.

            2.         The ARCHER-FISH performed lifeguard duty in the Bonin Islands Area during the carrier force air strikes on these islands. Prior to the first strike, the ARCHER-FISH sent an excellent reconnaissance report giving the composition of air forces sighted on the air fields at Iwo Shima.

            3.         The ARCHER-FISH conducted aggressive attacks; first, against a destroyer; and second, against a convoy of five ships heavelly escorted. The first attack resulted in the sinking of a destroyer. The results of the second attack were unobserved due to intensive anti-submarine activity.

            4.         The ARCHER-FISH rescued one U.S. Naval Aviator in the performance of its lifeguard duty. A Japanese prisoner was also picked up.

            5.         This patrol is designated as “Successful” for Combat Insignia Award.

            6.         The Commander Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, congratulates the Commanding Officer, officers, and crew for this successful patrol and for the efficient performance of lifeguard duty. The ARCHER-FISH is credited with having inflicted the following damage upon the enemy:

S U N K

1 - Destroyer (HATSUHARA class)            (EU)    -          1,400 tons (Attack No.1)


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FF12-10/A16-3(15)/(16)        SUBMARINE FORCE, PACIFIC FLEET                mr

Serial 01517                                                                                     Care of Fleet Post Office,
                                                                                                         San Francisco, California,
CONFIDENTIAL                                                                            25 July 1944.

THIRD ENDORSEMENT to                                  NOTE:   THIS REPORT WILL BE
ARCHER-FISH Report of                                                     DESTROYED PRIOR TO
Third War Patrol                                                                    ENTERING PATROL AREA.

COMSUBSPAC PATROL REPORT NO. 475
U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH - THIRD WAR PATROL.

Subject:                       U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH (SS-3I1) - Report of Third War Patrol
                                    (28 May to 15 July 1944).

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D A M A G E D

1 - Large Transport (class unknown) (EU)         10,000 tons (Attack No. 2).
1 - Unknown (Destroyer or Freighter) (UN)         2,000 tons (Attack No. 3).

                                                            TOTAL          12,000 tons

                                                GRAND TOTAL       13,400 tons

DISTRIBUTION: 
(Complete Reports)
Cominch                                              (7)                               C. A. LOCKWOOD, Jr.
CNO                                                   (5)
Cincpac                                               (6)
Intel.Cen.Pac.Ocean Areas                  (1)
Comservpac                                        (1)
Cinclant                                               (1)
Comsublant                                         (8)
S/M School, NL                                  (2)
Comsopac                                           (2)
Comsowespac                                     (1)
Comsubsowespac                                (2)
CTF 72                                               (2)
Comnorpac                                          (1)
Comsubspac                                        (40)
SUBAD, MI                                        (2)
ComsubspacSubordcom                      (3)
All Squadron and Div.
  Commanders, Subspac                      (2)                               E. L. HYNES, 2nd,
Comsubstrainpac                                 (2)                               Flag Secretary.
All Submarines, Subspac                     (1)

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SAILING LIST

THIRD WAR PATROL

William Harry WRIGHT, Lieut-Comdr., USN

Sigmund Albert BOBCZYNSKI, Lieut-Comdr, USN

William Henry CRAWFORD, Jr., Lieutenant, USN

Davis Eli BUNTING, Lieutenant, USN

Clark Kelly SPRINKLE, Lieutenant, USNR

Romolo COUSINS, Lieutenant (jg), USN

John Kneeland ANDREWS, Lieutenant (jg), USNR

Frederick Adelbert OYHUS, Lieutenant (jg), USNR

Gordon Eugene CROSBY, Jr., Ensign, USNR

 
ACUNA, William Leon, TM2c, USNR

ADAMS, John Calvin, RT1c, USNR

ANDERSON, Thomas Little, MoMM2c, USNR

BAIRD, Willie Benjamin, EM2c, USNR

BAROODY, Joseph James, SC2c, USNR

BAUMGARTNER, William Francis, S2c, USNR

BECKER, Robert Clayton, TM3c, USNR

BENNETT, John Paul, EM1c, USN

BOUCHIE, Maurice Edward, MoMM2c, USN

BORDOVSKY, Rudolph (n), GM1c, USN

BRISTOW, Henry (n), StM1c, USNR

BROWN, John Melvin, CMoMM, USN

BURKE, James Anthony, MoMM2c, USNR

BURNHAM, George Joseph, RM3c, USNR

BUNTAIN, Finley Cline Monroe, TM1c, USN

CADWELL, Rolla Lee, S2c, USNR

CAMP, Warren Henry, MoMM2c, USNR

CARMACK, Leo Roy, S1c, USNR

CARNAHAN, Eugene Earl, CY, USN

CARNIFAX, Thomas Henry, Jr., EM3c, USNR

CHONKO, John Joseph, CEM, USN

CICHON, John Joseph, MoMM1c, USN

CLOTHAKIS, Nicholas Vasilios, RM2c, USNR

COUSINS, Richard Merton, RT3c, USN

CONK, Gerard James, EM3c, USNR

DeSOLA, Ben Hoeb, EM3c, USNR

DONNELLY, Joseph Allen, RM3c, USNR

ELLIOTT, Amos Demoin, MoMM1c, USN

ELLZEY, Daniel Webster, CQM, USN

ENSIGN, Everett Raymond, EM1c, USN

FARRAR, Fred Parrish, S1c, USNR

FOX, Taylor Lincoln, TM2c, USN

HEALEY, John Patrick, Bkr3c, USN

HOFFMAN, Lambert Dall, CMoMM1c, USN

HUGHES, William Douglas, CPhM, USN

KEAST, Edwin Paul, SC2c, USNR

KENNEY, Richard Albert, FCS2c, USN

  LEFEBVRE, Gerald Alfred, RM3c, USNR

LIGHTER, Hershel Arthur, MoMM1c, USN

MAIORANA, Benny Frank, EM3c, USNR

MANTZEY, Edward Minnis, QM1c, USN

MAYHEW, Wilbur Wesley, TM2c, USNR

MCMAHON, Edward Charles, EM3c, USNR

MCGRATH, John Owen, S1c, USNR

MYERS, Earl Edgar, RT3c, USNR

NOROOS, Olaf, EM3c, USNR

NELSON, Billy George, S1c, USNR

OLESEWSKI, Francis Xavier, EM2c, USN

OLIVER, Paul Linza, EM2c, USNR

PATE, Billy, F1c, USNR

PETERSON, Orville Orby, TM3c, USNR

PIERCE, Evan John, S1c, USNR

POTANOVIC, John Francis, MoMM3c, USNR

SCANLAN, Richard Cullen, RM2c, USN

SCHONBORG, Walter Otto, EM3c, USNR

SCOTT, Levi Frank, StMlc, USNR

STROHL, Victor Harold, S1c, USNR

SYKES, William Lewis, QM3c, USNR

TELLIER, Norman Leo, S1c, USN

VERZWYVELT, Anthony Everist, MoMM3c, USNR

WELLS, Lowell Earnest, TM3c, USNR

WELLS, Charles Neal, MoMM2c, USNR

WHALEN, Thomas William, MoMM1c, USNR

WHARTON, Wade Lemuel, BM2c, USNR

WHEELER, George Dewey, Jr., TM3c, USNR

WHITE, Robert (n), EM2c, USNR

WILL, Alfred Irving, M0MM2c, USNR

WILLS, James Richard, TM3c, USNR

WILKEN, Carl Anthony, MoMM2c, USNR

WINKLE, Norman William, GM3c, USNR

WOOD, Paul Richard, TM3c, USN

WOODRUFF, George Elmer, SM2c, USNR

ZIELINSKI, Edward Felix, TM2c, USNR

ZYCH, Henry Joseph, MoMM2c, USN

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