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Line Drawing of the Gato Class
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|27k||Commemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of the Gato (SS-212), 5 October 1940, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|715k|| Gato (SS-212) slides down the ways on 21 August 1941.|
What looks to be the prefabricated parts of another submarine appear on the right of the ways.
|USN photo courtesy of usni photo gallery.|
|26k||Gato (SS-212), dockside, probably at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., right after her launching on 21 August 1941.||Courtesy of gato.com|
|25k||Commemorative postal cover marking Gato's (SS-212) launching, 21 August 1941.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|51k||Bow view of the Gato (SS-212) looking aft, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 31 December 1941 immediately after commissioning.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|20k||Commemorative postal cover marking first day postal service aboard the Gato (SS-212), 31 December 1941.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|20k||Commemorative postal cover marking Gato's (SS-212) commissioning, 31 December 1941.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|197k||Pen and ink drawing of what appears to be a Gato class (SS-212 / 284) early in WWII in dry dock #1 at Mare Island. Notes indicate that it was painted by Sckirken. The Gato (SS-212) was the first boat of her class to be overhauled at Mare Island, 11 - 28 March 1942.||USN photo # 254-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|480k||Officers of the Gato (SS-212) at submarine base Dutch Harbor, 30 August 1942.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-215171, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|404k||Superstructure of the Gato (SS-212) (change in silhouette by removal of tower plates) at submarine base Dutch Harbor, 30 August 1942.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-215172, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|34k||Gato (SS-212) in September 1942 wearing Ms 9 overall black camouflage.||Photo and text courtesy of "The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II" by Thomas F. Walkowiak.|
|179k||During a submerged radar attack approach 4 April 1943, between Tanga and Lihir Islands, Gato (SS-212) was shaken so violently by three exploding depth charges that she returned to Brisbane for temporary repairs 11 to 20 April...She was routed onward to the Mare Island Shipyard for overhaul & repair.|
Stern view of the Gato departing Mare Island on 6 August 1943.
|Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 5733-43 & PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
|93k||Broadside view of the Gato (SS-212) off Mare Island on 6 August 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 14 June until 15 August 1943.||USN photo # 5735-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|521k||Starboard forward quarter view of Gato (SS-212) off Mare Island on 6 August 1943.||USN photo # 5736-43, courtesy of flickr.com via Stephen Gower.|
|12k||Gato (SS-212) class submarine in Ms9 coloring, 1943.||Photo copyrighted courtesy of Abram Joslin.|
|77k||Line drawing of the Gato (SS-212) September 1943.||Photo and text courtesy of "The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II" by Thomas F. Walkowiak.|
|164k|| Gato (SS-212) departed Milne Bay 2 February 1944 to conduct her eighth war patrol in the Bismarck-New Guinea-Truk area. She sank a trawler off Truk 15 February, transport Daigen Maru # 3 the 26th, and cargo ship Okinoyama Maru # 3 on 12 March. Two other trawlers were destroyed by her gunfire before she returned to Pear Harbor 1 April 1944.|
She is seen here in a drawing by the artist I. R. "Ike" Lloyd, of Vallejo, CA., possibly in a rendering of her actions on her 8th patrol.
|Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of yolopapers.blogspot.com.
|258k||Gato (SS-212) appears here in a photo dated 3 February 1944, to conduct her eighth war patrol in the Bismarck-New Guinea-Truk area.||Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80-G-394456 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
|46k||Shown on 23 November 1944, Gato (SS-212) was typical of submarines in mid-war. Her open bridge was cut to a minimum. Numerous extra limber holes were cut into her superstructure for faster diving. Patterns varied from boat to boat. The bridge fairwater accommodates a 20-mm gun forward & a single 40-mm aft. The deck gun is a 4 in/50 taken from an S-boat.||Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.|
|222k||Stern plan view of Gato (SS-212) at Mare Island on 23 November 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 10 September until 6 Dec 1944. The barge tied up to her port side is YF-513.||USN photo # 7158-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|186k||Bow on view of Gato (SS-212) at Mare Island on 29 November 1944.||USN photo # 7262-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|215k||Stern view of Gato (SS-212) at Mare Island on 29 November 1944.||USN photo # 7267-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|86k||Modifications made on 29 November 1944 at Mare Island for Gato (SS-212)include installation of a new freestanding mast for her SD radar and relocation of her SJ to a new mast supported by her periscope shears. In some boats the new SJ mast was mounted forward of the periscope shears. |
The three girders supporting the shears are the only remnants of the prewar enclosed bridge: their height indicates how far the fairwater has been cut down. Note also the ammunition-passing scuttle let into the deck abaft the bridge fairwater.
|Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.|
|158k||This close up of the starboard side of the bridge superstructure of the Gato (SS-212)
shows the arrangement of the guns, periscope and other deck gear. This photo was taken during the boat's overhaul at Mare Island Shipyard, 29 November 1944. The circles indicate new items added during the overhaul. The boat mounts a 4" gun forward and a 20mm gun aft. On the gun deck forward is another 20mm gun and a 40mm gun aft. Note the camouflage counter shading under the deck extension and the inside of the bridge area. The telephone mounted to a board hanging on the railing was a temporary in-port connection.
|USN Archives photo # 19-N-75565.
Photo and text courtesy of "The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II" by Thomas F. Walkowiak.
|127k||This top view of the 4"/50 cal deck gun mounted on board the Gato (SS-212)
during her 29 November 1944 overhaul. Note the deck hatches for the stowage of the small boats carried below the main deck. To the left of the gun at the tip of the barrel is the forward marker buoy. The forward escape trunk top hatch is open. To the right of the marker buoy is the access to the escape trunk size door.
|USN Archives photo # 19-N-75563. Photo and text courtesy of "The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II" by Thomas F. Walkowiak.|
|86k||Gato (SS-212), off Mare Island Navy Yard, 29 November 1944.||USN photo # 7266-44, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center|
|95k|| Proteus (AS-19) with submarines of Submarine Squadron 20 alongside in Tokyo Bay, on VJ-Day, 2 September 1945.
Names of the submarines present, their commanding officers and the commanding officers of SubRon20 and Proteus are printed at the bottom of the image:
Sea Cat (SS-399) and
|USN photo # NH 95019, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN(Retired), 1979.|
|185k||Raton (SS-270) & Gato (SS-212) 1946, in New York.||Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|987k||Six photo PDF of the Gato (SS-212).||Photos courtesy of Mel Douyette @ coldwarsubmarines.com|
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