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Haddo (SS-255)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Bravo - November

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 1 October 1941, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 21 June 1942; Commissioned USS Haddo (SS-255), 9 October 1942; Decommissioned, 16 February 1946, at Sub Base New London, CT.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, New London; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1958; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 April 1959, to Luria Brothers & Co., Philadelphia, PA. Removed 5-4-59. Haddo received six battle stars for World War II service in addition to a Navy Unit Commendation.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

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 Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co. main generator diesel engines, 5,400HP, Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gal., four General Electric main motors, 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin screws.
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Haddo 20k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Haddo's (SS-255) keel launching, 1 October 1941, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Haddo 14k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Haddo's (SS-255) launching, 21 June 1942. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Haddo 156k U.S. Navy Series No. 4: Haddo (SS-255), Portrait of a Submarine-1942, by the artist John Taylor Arms (American, 1887-1953). Photo from the collection of Cleveland Museum of Art: Gift of Suzanne Taylor Arms in honor of Caedon Suzanne Summers, courtesy of Stephen F. Fixx.
post WW 2 368k Haddo (SS-255) returned to New London 29 July 1943 and steamed via the Panama Canal to Mare Island, Calif. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, she reached Pearl Harbor 2 November and put to sea 14 December on her fourth war patrol, in Philippine waters.
She is seen here at Mare Island on 13 November 1943.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # MI-7623 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/20/12.
Haddo 66k Sailing from Fremantle 29 February 1944, Haddo (SS-255) embarked on her fifth war patrol in waters off Borneo, Java, and Indochina. After a disappointing attack 8 March in which two torpedoes exploded prematurely, she made an attack on a tanker and escort 14 March which produced unconfirmed results. Moving to the Indochina coast she sank a small craft with gunfire the night of 23 March.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Haddo 79k CAPT Lynch, CO Haddo (SS-255) 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Haddo 91k Haddo's (SS-255) conning tower is shown after her last wartime overhaul, 10 April 1945, when a new Mk 4 torpedo data computer was installed. Other details include the course clock near the wheel, for systamatic zigzagging to avoid Japanese submarine torpedoes, and the ST & SJ radars (SD) had been moved outside the conning tower). SJ was provided with manual train so that the antenna could be pointed at a target before the radar was turned on; sweeping the radar beam might be quite dangerous.
Other indications are: 1 MB, engine order telegraph; 2MB, motor order telegraph, & 7 MC: maneuvering intercom that connects the bridge, conning tower, maneuvering room, control room, wardroom, & torpedo rooms.
Drawing & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
Haddo 155k Aft port quarter view of Haddo (SS-255) departs Mare Island on 10 April 1945. Mazama (AE-9) is loading ammunition at the yards ammunition deport in the background. US Navy photo # 2551-4-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. The photo is off a negative from the Vallejo Naval Historic Museum.
Haddo 189k Stern view of Haddo (SS-255) off Mare Island on 10 April 1945.
US Navy photo # 2552-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Haddo 234k Broadside view of Haddo (SS-255) off Mare Island on 10 April 1945. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 10 January until 18 April 1945.
US Navy photo # 2553-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Haddo 209k Bow on view of Haddo (SS-255) off Mare Island on 10 April 1945. Carquinez bridge is in the background.
US Navy photo # 2555-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Archerfish 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 (AS-19) are printed at the bottom of the image: Archerfish (SS-311) Cavalla (SS-244) Gato (SS-212) Haddo (SS-255) Muskallunge (SS-262) Pilotfish (SS-386) Razorback (SS-394) Runner (SS-476) Segundo (SS-398) Sea Cat (SS-399) and Tigrone (SS-419).
US Navy photo # NH 95019, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN(Retired), 1979.
Haddo 76k Battleflag of the Haddo (SS-255), 1945.
US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Haddo 65k Homeward bound, 1 November 1945 at New London, CT.Haddo (SS-255), 2 November 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 45k Haddo's (SS-255) conning tower & Japanese flags on her homeward bound trip, 1 November 1945 at New London, CT.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 57k Happy Haddo (SS-255), 2 November 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 40k Bow view of the Haddo (SS-255) in drydock, 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 33k Stern view of the Haddo (SS-255) in drydock, 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 61k Torpedo room of the Haddo (SS-255), 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 42k Radio room of the Haddo (SS-255), 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 38k Loading a torpedo aboard the Haddo (SS-255), 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 39k Loading a torpedo aboard the Haddo (SS-255), 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 39k Mess deck aboard the Haddo (SS-255), 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 57k Interior scene aboard the Haddo (SS-255), 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 57k Haddo (SS-255) and other subs at New London, CT., 1945.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Haddo 101k 1945-1946 Arthur Laughrun (right) & Richard Moyer appear under Haddo's (SS-255) scorecard, 1945-46.
Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
post WW 2 476k Bow view of submarines post WW II at New London, Conn.
From inboard to outboard are six boats, four identified by hull numbers: Drum (SS-228), Halibut (SS-232), Haddo (SS-255) and Paddle (SS-263). Outboard of her are two numberless boats.
All the boats are decommissioned: none are flying colors or union jack. Date is after 16 February 1946 when Drum was decommissioned and before Halibut was sold for scrap on 10 January 1947. Halibut had suffered major damage by the Japanese and was considered beyond economical repair. She is the only one of the group not freshly painted, and has been stripped of deck guns and other gear, probably in preparation for sale.
The outboard boat has a small pennant flying from her jackstaff. The boats in commission popped up with numbers right away soon after VJ Day, so the outboard boats may just be getting painted up in Haze Grey in preparation for mothballing, with the numbers to follow. These two boats are older EB-built boats.
The inboard of the two numberless boats is likely the Gabilan (SS-252). It has a very distinct cutdown of the fairwater. The only similar picture I could find is the Gabilan (look at the last pic from the bottom of the Gabilan page). Same bridge cut down low like most other Gato's but the sides of the wagon train were not cut out so it is solid, not open like most other Gato's that were cut down that low. Also location of SJ and SD radar antennas is the same as the latest pic of Gabilan . Also venturi looks the same. Gabilan was decommissioned in 1946 and laid up at New London which would match the timing and location.
US Navy photo & text courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of John Hart.
post WW 2 380k Stern view of submarines post WW II at New London, Conn.
From inboard to outboard is the reverse of the above.
US Navy photo & text courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of John Hart.

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