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O-8 (SS-69)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - November - Delta

O Class Submarine: Laid down, 27 February 1917, at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA.; Launched, 31 December 1917; Commissioned, USS O-8, 11 July 1918; Designated (SS-69), 17 July 1920; Reclassified a 2nd line submarine 25 July 1924 and to a 1st line submarine, 6 June 1928; Decommissioned, 27 May 1931, at Philadelphia, PA.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Recommissioned, 28 April 1941, at Philadelphia; Decommissioned, 11 September 1945, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH; Struck from the Naval Register, 11 October 1945; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 September 1946, to John J. Duane Co. of Quincy, MA.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 521 t., Submerged: 629 t.; Length 172' 4"; Beam 18' 0"; Draft 14' 5"; Speed, Surfaced 14 kts, Submerged 10.5 kts; Operational Depth Limit 200 ft; Complement 2 Officers 27 Enlisted; Armament, four 18", torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes, one 3"/23 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel-electric, New England Ship and Engine Co, diesels, 880 hp, Fuel Capacity, 21,897 gal.; Electro Dynamic Co. electric motors, 740 hp, Battery Cells 120, single propeller.
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O-8 48k O-8 (SS-69) with the "Victory Fleet" off New York City in 1919. US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 61818.
O-8 67k Crew members standing in and by the O-8's (SS-69) fairwater, while she was with the "Victory Fleet" off New York City in 1919. US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 44553.
O-8 47k O-8 (SS-69) in a harbor, circa 1919. US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 44554.
Savannah 56k Savannah (ID-3015) with O-boats alongside, circa 1919. O-6 (SS-67), is outboard at Savannah's bow, and O-8 (SS-69) is outboard at her stern. USN photo # 98630 courtesy of Jim Kazalis, 1981. From the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
O-boats 923k U.S. submarines at Bermuda. Just returned from war zone.
From left to right, 2 unidentified O-boats, O-3 (SS-64), O-5 (SS-66) & O-7 (SS-68).
On 2 November 1918 O-boats 1 / 10 (SS-62 / 71) departed Newport with a 20-sub contingent bound for European waters, however, the Armistice was signed before the ships reached the Azores, and they returned to the United States.
Text i.d. courtesy of DANFS.
Photo by James W. Anderson, courtesy of Kristina Magill via Gary Priolo.
O-boats 1.04k Late type American submarine, Bermuda. One of the unknown 10 O-boats 1 / 10 (SS-62 / 71) . Photo by James W. Anderson, courtesy of Kristina Magill via Gary Priolo.
O-boats 659k A steel sea monster, amphibious and formidable, is Uncle Sam's newest submarine just home from war duty. The great fin rudders stabilize the boat under water and assist in speedy submerging. They fold up snugly against the sides when the "sub." is under way. Several of these new O-boats are making their initial New York appearance in the Naval Review. Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 April 1919, Image 47, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
O-8 59k O-8 (SS-69) underway with her crew at quarters on deck, circa the early 1920s. US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 61819. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California.
O-8 69k Chief Gunner's Mate David J. Lohr (right) and Chief Machinist's Mate Hadley pose by the breech of O-8's (SS-69) retractable 3"/23 gun, circa 1920. Lohr's original caption reads: "Ever see a real tough looking hombre? If I look like this I'd better start wearing a mask." US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 101000. Copied from the collection of David J. Lohr, by courtesy of Radioman 1st Class Pamela J. Boyer, USN, 1986.
O-8 59k Chief Gunner's Mate David J. Lohr (right) and a friend posing on deck, by the O-8's (SS-69) retractable 3"/23 gun, circa 1920. Lohr's original caption reads: "I like this one best. The pose is so natural. The other lad is 'Jimmie O-8' also from Chicago." US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 101001. Copied from the collection of David J. Lohr, by courtesy of Radioman 1st Class Pamela J. Boyer, USN, 1986.
O-8 58k Submarine Base, New London,at Groton, Connecticut. Seen from on board an approaching submarine, probably O-8 (SS-69), in October 1920. Note the submarine's open forward hatch cover. US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 101002. Copied from the collection of David J. Lohr, by courtesy of Radioman 1st Class Pamela J. Boyer, USN, 1986.
O-boats 85k Submarine Division 8,Commander Guy E. Davis commanding. Nine of the Division's ten O-boats at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 16 August 1921. Panoramic photograph by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 11 Portland Street, Boston. Submarines in the front row are (from left to right): O-3 (SS-64), O-6 (SS-67), O-9 (SS-70) and O-1 (SS-62). Those in the second row are (from left to right): O-7 (SS-68), unidentified (either O-2 or O-8), O-5 (SS-66), O-10 (SS-71) and O-4 (SS-65). Large four-stacked ship in the left center distance is the U.S. Army Transport Mount Vernon. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 103193.
O-boats 800k GERMAN MOTHER OF U.S, SUBS
The Saxonia, (now Savannah (AS-8)) once considered the finest German passenger ship, is now a mother for United States submarines. Here she is off the coast at Provincetown, Mass., with some of her cubs.
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo from the Bisbee Daily Review. (Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 21 August 1921, SECOND SECTION, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
O-8 113k Broadside view of the O-8 (SS-69), probably off Coco Solo, C.Z. in 1924. USN photo courtesy of CTM Russel Rau, former COB of Wahoo SS-238, submitted by Bill Rau & Paul Crozier.
O-8 487k O-8 (SS-69) arriving in port, circa 1927. Photo scanned by Bill Faulk from an original in his collection, courtesy of Robert Hurst.
O-8 242k The O-boats (SS-62/77) were the oldest U.S. submarines retained for use during WW II. O-8 (SS-69) is shown here. The most obvious modification was the addition of a small platform for a light anti-aircraft gun abaft the bridge.
Like other E.B. ("Holland") O-boats , R-boats (SS-78/104) & S-boats (SS-105/46 - 153/162), O-8 was modified for greater safety: It's skeg superstructure was cut down aft to clear a new escape hatch in her motor room. The object right aft is a messenger buoy. Note the JK passive sonar transducer forward.
Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
O-8 47k The object on the deck of the O-8 (SS-69) that the men are standing around is the 3"/23 deck gun retracted into its below deck housing in a vertical position as shown here. USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman / rddesign@rddesigns.com
S-10 67k These O type and S type submarines which were used during the World War have since been decommissioned and are now laid up in the Phila. Navy Yard. The peaceful surroundings are quite a contrast to those of their active war days. They are pictured here on 17 July 1936.
The S-10 (SS-115) was decommissioned on the day this photo was taken at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. and laid up in the Reserve Fleet.
Pictured also are any of the following boats that were at the PNY during this time.
The O boats: O-1 (SS-62), O-2 (SS-63), O-3 (SS-64),O-4 (SS-65), O-6 (SS-67), O-7 (SS-68), O-8 (SS-69), O-9 (SS-70),O-10 (SS-71).
The S boats: S-6 (SS-111), S-7 (SS-112),S-8 (SS-113), S-9 (SS-114),S-11 (SS-116), S-12 (SS-117),S-13 (SS-118), S-14 (SS-119),S-15 (SS-120),S-16 (SS-121),S-17 (SS-122) & S-48 (SS-159).
A.P. Wire & text courtesy of philly.com.
Philadelphia Navy Yard 2.49k Philadelphia Navy Yard, 28 October 1940.
The photo presented panorama military shipyards in Philadelphia Navy Yard. Most of the ships are obsolete US destroyers, that were transfer to Great Britain under lend lease.
The submarines are on the left hand side of the photo, and they are: (in no particular order)
The O boats:O-1 (SS-62), O-2 (SS-63), O-3 (SS-64), O-6 (SS-67), O-7 (SS-68), O-8 (SS-69), O-9 (SS-70), O-10 (SS-71).
The R boats: R-1 (SS-78), R-2 (SS-79), R-3 (SS-80), R-5 (SS-82), R-6 (SS-83), R-7 (SS-84), R-8 (SS-85), R-9 (SS-86), R-10 (SS-87), R-12 (SS-89), R-15 (SS-92), R-16 (SS-93), R-17 (SS-94), R-18 (SS-95), R-19 (SS-96) & R-20 (SS-97).
The S boats: S-11 (SS-116), S-12 (SS-117), S-13 (SS-118), S-14 (SS-119), S-15 (SS-120), S-16 (SS-121), S-17 (SS-122) & S-48 (SS-159).
The Olympia (C-6) is shown at the right of the wharf on Broad Street.
The stadium in the upper left, was John F. Kennedy Stadium (formally Philadelphia Municipal Stadium)that stood from 1926 to 1992. It was erected for the 1926 Sesquicentennial.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo courtesy of flickr.com.
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O-8 1.02k O-8 (SS-69), 1942.
These Men Are In Training For Life On A U.S. Submarine. The modern submarine is playing a big part in the war on the seas. Its quarry is all of the enemy's navy but its aircraft. It seeks convoys and unprotected merchant ships, harries fleets, and sometimes engages in deadly underwater duels with others of its own kind. Among the world's navies, U.S. submarines are considered supreme. One reason for this supremacy is the strenuous training of their crews. The training, shown in this set of 18 pictures, is given the submarine candidate at U.S. Navy's Submarine School at New London, Connecticut, in the northeastern section of the United States. Shown: On surface, these officers of the training submarine check the craft's bearings from the conning tower. Office of War Information Photograph, April 22-28, 1942.
Photo Lot-9434-28.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 1.25k Spray washes over the bow as submarine trainer, with New London students aboard, takes to the sea for a cruise. Photo Lot-9434-29.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 640k In the pressure chamber, all candidates accepted for submarine service receive their preliminary test for underwater fitness. In order to pass it, they must spend about 23 minutes undergoing 50 pounds of pressure. This is equivalent to a sea depth of more than 100 feet. An instructor, (at right), is observing their reactions to the pressure. Photo Lot-9434-22.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 753k To conquer the terror of deep waters, the students descend to various levels of a 138-foot tower containing 100 feet of water. From the successively deep levels, using an oxygen-supplying Momsen Lung to breathe, they float up to the top. Photo Lot-9434-23.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 1.21k Having learned to use the Momsen Lung, the students are now ready to descend to the various water levels. They go down in this heavy diving bell. Photo Lot-9434-30.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 1.31k An electrician checks the batteries which power the submarine underwater. Batteries make up one-fifth of the boat's weight. Photo Lot-9434-27.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 1.09k A torpedoman stands on the alert at one of the forward torpedo tubes. “Water slugs” powered by compressed air are fired in practice attacks. Photo Lot-9434-26.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 978k Here, a group of students is learning to operate the submarine's hydrophones. Photo Lot-9434-26.
Office of War Information Photograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 01/13/16.
O-8 89k Diving station aboard the O-8 (SS-69), 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
O-8 127k Aft motor rooom aboard the O-8 (SS-69), 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
O-8 118k Aft engine room aboard the O-8 (SS-69), 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
O-8 132k Forward engine room aboard the O-8 (SS-69), 1942. Folding table can be seen thru door. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel courtesy of Life.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
O-8 379k O-8 (SS-69) trim manifold, 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
O-8 520k O-8 (SS-69) torpedo room, 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
O-8 420k O-8 (SS-69) forward battery, 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
O-8 643k O-8 (SS-69) high pressure air manifold, 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
O-8 585k O-8 (SS-69) motor room, 1942. Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
O-8 341k Bunking on O-8 (SS-69). Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
O-8 241k Warm scenery for the O-8 (SS-69). Photographer: probably Dimitri Kessel.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
O-8 195k O-8 (SS-69) underway and about to submerge off of New London, CT in 1942.
"It was from O-8 that a radio program was broadcast from under water. Two NBC announcers, one located in the main control room of the submarine, and another situated in the torpedo room, described their sensations as the sub made its descent to the bottom of the sea." (quoted from the original mid-1920s vintage caption).
Text courtesy of US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 69038.
Photographer: Dimitri Kessel courtesy of Life.
O-8 371k Homeward Bound
O-8 (SS-69) returns to home base at New London CT., after a training cruise in 1942.
USN photo probably by Dimitri Kessel, from the NMMA collection, courtesy of Mike Brock.
205 189k A scene from the 1943 movie Crash Dive, showing an unidentified O-class submarine backing out of a berth at the Naval Submarine Base New London, CT in the late summer of 1942. The boat can not be positively identified, but is one of group of eight O-class submarines that were brought out of mothballs to train submarine crews. This particular boat is either O-2 (SS-63),O-3 (SS-64), O-4 (SS-65), O-7 (SS-68), O-8 (SS-69), or O-10 (SS-71). The submarine in the foreground is the Marlin (SS-205). Photo & text courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
O-8 58k Skippers Birthday Party held at Peggy's Inn, Norwhich CT in 1945. USN photo courtesy of Clem O'Brien & submitted by Sean O'Brien.

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