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Muskallunge (SS-262)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Sierra - Oscar

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 7 April 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 13 December 1942; Commissioned USS Muskallunge (SS-262), 15 March 1943; Decommissioned, 29 January 1947, at New London, CT.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, New London; Recommissioned, 31 August 1956; Decommissioned, 18 January 1957; Transferred, on loan, under the Military Assistance Program, to Brazil, 18 January 1957, renamed Humanita (S-14); Returned to US Navy control in March 1968 and struck from the Naval Register on 1 December 1967; Final Disposition, sunk as a target 9 July 1968. Muskallunge received 5 battle stars for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

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 Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Co. main motors, 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin screws.
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Muskallunge19kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Muskallunge's (SS-262) launching at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 13 December 1942. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Muskallunge61kSponsor's party pose for the Muskallunge's (SS-262) launching at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. 13 December 1942.
Mr. O.F. Robinson, Anna Graham and son Arthur. Mrs. Graham was the widow of CTM Merritt Dayton Graham of the Grunion (SS-216), who was lost with the boat and 69 other crewmembers on 30 July 1942.
Photo courtesy of Vickie Rodgers, grandniece of CTM Merritt Dayton Graham.
Muskallunge21kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Muskallunge's (SS-262) commissioning, 15 March 1943. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Muskallunge 140k Officers of the Muskallunge (SS-262) pose aboard the boat during her commissioning, on 15 March 1943, Lt. Comdr. Willard A. Saunders, her commanding officer, is probably in the center.
If you look past the officers head you'll see lots of either bolt heads or rivet heads on the sail by the bell. If you look one year later the sail structure is smooth . Mare Island cut down the fairwater and used welding instead of rivets.
Official USN photo courtesy of George & Linda Salava.
This photo was from the collection of FC3 Frank Salava who was K.I.A. when the Sculpin (SS-191) was sunk & 62 other crewmen were K.I.A. on 19 November 1943.
Photo i.d. and all the hard work proving it courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
Text i.d. courtesy of John Hummel & John Hart.
Muskallunge 193k As the strains of "Anchors Aweigh" are played out on the boat's stern, the Officers and crew of the Muskallunge (SS-262) stand at attention & salute the raising of the National Ensign during her commissioning, on 15 March 1943, Lt. Comdr. Willard A. Saunders, her commanding officer, is on the extreme left. Official USN photo courtesy of George & Linda Salava.
This photo was from the collection of FC3 Frank Salava who was K.I.A. when the Sculpin (SS-191) was sunk 19 November 1943.
Photo i.d. and all the hard work proving it courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
Muskallunge 251k Lt. Cmdr. John R. Madison prepares to go up the ladder from the control room of the Muskallunge (SS-262) at the submarine base at New London, CT., August 1943. US Navy photo by Cmdr. Edward Steichen, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 01/08/13.
Muskallunge148k Port side view of the Muskallunge (SS-262) underway off Pearl Harbor 4 September 1943. She cleared Pearl Harbor 7 September for her first war patrol, taking station off the Palau Islands. Muskallunge carried the first electric torpedoes to be fired in the war by an American submarine.
US Navy photo from NARA # 80-G-276699, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Text courtesy of (DANFS).
Muskallunge202kMuskallunge (SS-262) starboard view underway, 4 September 1943. US Navy photo from NARA # 80-G-276700, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Ray311kStern view of Ray (SS-271) departing Mare Island on 9 March 1945. Muskallunge (SS-262) can be seen forward of Ray. U.S. Navy Photo # 1737-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Raton270k Aft plan view of Raton (SS-270) at Mare Island on 12 March 1945. The bow of the Muskallunge (SS-262) is just visible in the background. U.S. Navy Photo # 1793-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Muskallunge261k Stern view of Muskallunge (SS-262) off Mare Island on 15 Mar 1945. The Carquinez bridge is in the background. USN photo # 1964-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Muskallunge252k Bow on view of Muskallunge (SS-262) off Mare Island on 15 Mar 1945. USN photo # 1968-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Muskallunge378kPort side view of the Muskallunge (SS-262) at Mare Island following a refit, 26 March 1944. USN photo # 1981-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Muskallunge91kBow on view of the Muskallunge (SS-262) at Mare Island following a refit, 26 March 1944. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Muskallunge102kStern view of the Muskallunge (SS-262) at Mare Island following a refit, 26 March 1944. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Muskallunge114kGeneral plan view of the Muskallunge (SS-262) at Mare Island following a refit, 26 March 1944. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Muskallunge202kMuskallunge (SS-262) starboard view, March 1945. Courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak.
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). Courtesy of Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN(Retired), 1979. US Navy photo # NH 95019, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
Muskallunge 37k Muskallunge's WWII battle flag. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Humanita (S-14)
Muskallunge & Plaice56k Humanita (S-14) in foreground & ex-Paddle (SS-263), now the Brazilian Riachuelo (S-15) operating together, circa 1959-60.Brazilian Navy photo courtesy of Jane's Fighting Ships" 1959-1960.
Photo submitted by Robert Hurst.
Muskallunge62kex Muskallunge (SS-262) as the Brazilan Humanita (S-14), off the coast of Brazil, October 1966 about to transfer supplies to the ex-Plaice (SS-390), Brazilian Bahia (S-12). Brazilian Navy photo by Revista O Cruzeiro, courtesy of naviosdeguerrabrasileiros.hpg.ig.com.br.
Photo submitted by Valdo Novaes.
Muskallunge & Plaice54kex Muskallunge (SS-262) as the Brazilan Humanita (S-14), off the coast of Brazil, October 1966 transferring cargo to the ex-Plaice (SS-390), Brazilian Bahia (S-12). Brazilian Navy photo by Revista O Cruzeiro, courtesy of naviosdeguerrabrasileiros.hpg.ig.com.br.
Photo submitted by Valdo Novaes.
Muskallunge & Plaice48kex Muskallunge (SS-262) as the Brazilan Humanita (S-14), port side, off the coast of Brazil, October 1966 transferring cargo to the ex-Plaice (SS-390), Brazilian Bahia (S-12).Brazilian Navy photo by Revista O Cruzeiro, courtesy of naviosdeguerrabrasileiros.hpg.ig.com.br.
Photo submitted by Valdo Novaes.

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