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Darter (SS-227)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Hotel - Xray

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 20 October 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 6 June 1943; Commissioned USS Darter (SS-227), 7 September 1943; Final Disposition, grounded on Bombay Shoal off Palawan on 4th patrol, 24 October 1944, scuttled by her crew, destroyed by a bomb from a Japanese aircraft; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown). Darter was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, and received four battle stars for World War II service.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Complement 6 Officers 54 Enlisted; Operating Depth, 300 ft; Submerged Endurance, 48 hrs at 2 kts; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun, two .50 cal. machine guns, two .30 cal. machine guns; Propulsion, diesel electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gals., four General Electric main motors, HP 2740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin propellers.
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Darter 21k Commemorative postal cover marking the laying of Darter's (SS-227) keel at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 20 October 1942. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Darter 21k Commemorative postal cover marking the laying of Darter's (SS-227) keel at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 20 October 1942. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Bonefish 198k Two WAVES to Participate in Ceremonies to Select Sponsors for Sub Launchings.Photo courtesy of New London Day, 5 March 1943, through the kindness of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Photo added 05/12/11.
Bonefish 376k Sub Bonefish (SS-223) Launched at Electric Boat Yard; Second Launching in Two Weeks.Photo courtesy of New London Day, 8 March 1943, through the kindness of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Photo added 05/12/11.
Darter 293k Darter (SS-227) slides down the ways at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 6 June 1943. Electric Boat / USN photo.
Darter 20k Commemorative postal cover marking Darter's (SS-227) launching on 6 June 1943. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Darter 23k Commemorative postal cover marking the commissioning of the Darter (SS-227), 7 September 1943. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Darter 144k General madness surrounding the Darter (SS-227) crew during battle-surface. Courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Darter 26k Darter (SS-227) grounded on Bombay Shoal off Palawan on 4th patrol, 24 October 1944. Courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Darter 145k Darter (SS-227) grounded on Bombay Shoal off Palawan on 4th patrol, 24 October 1944. Courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Darter 234k The Darter (SS-227) has just grounded off Bombay Shoal off Palawan; a raft full of her sailors makes to the waiting Dace (SS-247) nearby for rescue. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Darter 60k General view of the destruction wrought on the deck of the Darter (SS-227) after she was grounded and destroyed by shellfire on Bombay Shoal off Palawan on 4th patrol, 24 October 1944. USN / USNI photo.
Darter 41k Darter (SS-227) after receiving 55 point-blank hits from the 6-inch deck gun of the Nautilus (SS-168) on 31st October 1944. Her Commander noted, "It is doubtful that any equipment in Darter at 11:31 this date would be of any value to Japan -- except as scrap." (U.S. Navy Official Photo, courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, USN, Retired) Courtesy of Dave Carpenter.
Darter 64k Google Earth satellite photo of the Darter's (SS-227) position off Palawan. View courtesy of Google Earth.
Darter 51k Darter's (SS-227) Commander, David Hayward McClintock, at the time of her loss.
Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Darter 50k Commemorative photo remembering the Darter (SS-227). Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen.
Darter 51k Darter (SS-227) grounded on Bombay Shoal off Palawan on 4th patrol, 1952. Courtesy of Dave Carpenter.
Darter 69k Darter (SS-227) grounded on Bombay Shoal off Palawan on 4th patrol, 1998. Courtesy of Dave Carpenter.
Darter 202k Darter (SS-227) & Dace (SS-247) Memorial photo. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tolling The Boats 669k Active duty and veteran submariners stand together at the 29th annual "Tolling The Boats" Memorial Service held at the World War II National Submarine Memorial-West, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. 29 May 2006. The ceremony honored members of the Silent Service who gave their lives during World War II and the Cold War for their country and the cause of freedom. U.S. Navy photo # N-1159B-052 by Journalist 1st Class Brian Brannon, courtesy of navy.news.mil.

View the Darter (SS-227)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
ComSubPac Report of loss of USS Darter (SS-227) October 24 1944, No Men Lost
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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