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|27k||Postal cover marking Flasher's (SS-249) keel laying on 30 September 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.||Photo courtesy of petloveshack.com.|
|315k||Signs of the times: Logo's for the following boats are emblazoned on the building wall to the right: Dace (SS-247), Dorado (SS-248), Flasher (SS-249), Flier (SS-250), Flounder (SS-251) & Gabilan (SS-252).||Photo from the Photo Essay How To Build A Submarine at Electric Boat Co. New London, Conn.|
Photographer: Bernard Hoffman, courtesy of Life.
|200k||Flasher (SS-249) was sponsored by Mrs. Willard A. Saunders, wife of Lt. Cmdr Willard A. Saunders (pictured here on the Muskallunge (SS-262) during her commissioning.) At this moment I don't have a photo of her doing the honors, however, here is a photo of Mrs. W.A. Saunders presenting scholarship to Jeanie Queen Cheryl Jane Claiborne in 1961.||Photo courtesy of floridamemory.com|
|61k||The Flasher (SS-249) slides down the ways at Electric Boat on 20 June 1943.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|112k||Postal cover marking the launching of the Flasher (SS-249) at Electric Boat on 20 June 1943.||Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|27k||Postal cover marking Flasher's (SS-249) commissioning on 25 September 1943.||Photo courtesy of petloveshack.com.|
|943k||Starboard view of the Flasher (SS-249) underway during her shake down off the Atlantic coast on 4 November 1943.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-450236, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|1.10k||This photo and the inset show Flasher (SS-249) underway off the Atlantic coast following her commissioning on 25 September 1943.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-450241 & 80-G-450235, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of David Johnston
|137k||The Flasher (SS-249) port side view underway, circa 1943-45.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|107k||Mitsui Bussan KK-owned motor tanker Otowasan Maru underway. Otowasan Maru (9,205 grt) was torpedoed and sunk on 22 December 1944 at position (15 degrees 04' N, 109 degrees 06' E) by the submarine Flasher (SS-249).||Photo courtesy of Mitsui Bussan. Photo taken from "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" by Roger W. Jordan via Robert Hurst.|
|1.0k||The Flasher (SS-249) prepares to tie up entering Pearl Harbor on way to mainland, on 24 July 1945.
Bound for Guam on a seventh war patrol at the close of the war, Flasher was ordered back to New London, where she was decommissioned and placed in reserve 16 March 1946.
|Text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. Courtesy of Ric Hedman.
USN photo # 80-G-264326 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
|1.00k||69 page PDF of the Flasher's (SS-249) history & her 4th & 5th War Patrol patrols.||USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|365k||This plaque was unveiled 20 March 1995 by His Excellency Major General P.M. Jeffery OA MC, Governor of Western Australia to commemorate the sacrifices made by Allied submarines that operated out of Fremantle, Western Australia during WW II.||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|47k||Flasher's (SS-249) Battleflag, 1943-45.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|117k||Flasher (SS-249) & probably Finback (SS-230) most likely from April of 1945 when Flasher was in Pearl Harbor enroute to San Francisco for overhaul.||USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS).|
|851k||Painting of the Flasher (SS-249) during WWII operations dated June 1961.||Photo courtesy of Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|110k||Flasher (SS-249) in 1/178 scale, starboard bow oblique view & starboard side view, with measure 32-3SSB paint scheme.||Model and photo by Ken Hart.|
|274k||A dockside Flasher (SS-249) post WW II at New London Sub Base in the mothball fleet.||Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS).|
|279k||Line up of decommissioned subs at Groton, CT., circa 1947. From left to right:Archerfish (SS-311), Flasher (SS-249), Cobia (SS-245), Croaker (SS-246), Drum (SS-228) & what looks like the Cavalla (SS-244).||USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory). Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.|
|998k||From left to right: Unnumbered sub, Manta (SS-299) & Flasher (SS-249), Sub Base New London at the north end of the base.
Unnumbered submarine is Guardfish (SS-217). She was in the New London Reserve Fleet for a long time before being expended. The masting looks the same as her latewar appearance, but a few features strongly suggest her. The forward gun platform has a turned down spray shield, as Guardfish did. The railings around that platform have stiffeners in an "X" pattern, as did Guardfish . There is also an elliptical vertical "barrel guard" at the front top of that railing to stop the 20mm gun crew from firing downwards and forward, probably to protect anyone on the forward main deck which Guardfish had late/end of war. Although difficult to tell for sure, the venturi appears the same shape, and the railings around the lookout platform atop the shears similarly look "splayed out."
The date is between late 1959, (based on early model year car sales for the blue 1960 Chevy Bellaire parked in center foreground) and October 1961, when Guardfish was sunk as a torpedo target in Long Island Sound off New London, Connecticut, by the submarines Dogfish (SS-350) and Blenny (SS-324).
|Photo courtesy of Peter Greis via Fabia Pena.|
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hednan & Robert Morgan.
|623k||June 1961 architect proposed view of the Flasher (SS-249) Memorial in Groton.||Photo courtesy of Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker|
|243k||The twenty year old Flasher (SS-249) was towed down river and past Electric Boat about 3 hours before the launch of the new Flasher (SSN-613) on 22 June 1963.||Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS).|
|299k||A tug boat nudges the twenty year old Flasher (SS-249) down river and past Electric Boat about 3 hours before the launch of the new Flasher (SSN-613).||Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS).|
|122k||Port stern view of Flasher (SS-249) memorial in Groton, July 1991.||Photo courtesy of Ken Hart.|
|43k||Flasher (SS-249) last deck-gun on display outside the Subforce Museum in Groton just outside the base main gate.||Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS).|
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