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|59k||Toxotes jaculatrix, the Archerfish.
||Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org.|
|221k||Miss Malvina Thompson, sponsor, Mrs. Charles E. Lund, matron of honor, Miss Eleanor Lund, flower bearer, launching of Archerfish (SS-311), Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 28 May 1943.||National Archives Identifier: 12563175
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 05/27/17.
|21k||The Archerfish (SS-311) slides down the launching ways at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 28 May 1943.||USN photo courtesy of ussarcherfish.com.|
|1.10k||This photo and the inset were originally thought to be Flasher (SS-249) underway off the Atlantic coast following her commissioning on 25 September 1943.
It is a Government design 2/1/1 configured Balao class boat. If we assume the date on the photo is correct, we can use this to narrow down the list of boats. I think the date is consistent with the features in the photo, i.e. the crew topside are wearing heavy coats, which corresponds to a late fall New England location.
So, using these parameters I can narrow the list down to Archerfish (SS-311), Burrfish (SS-312), Sand Lance (SS-381), Picuda (SS-382), Pampanito (SS-383), and Parche (SS-384). There isn't much more to go on in the photos. I think what happened is that Flasher was also running trials on this date and the photographer got his boats mixed up. Electric Boat was still building Gatos when Portsmouth was already pushing out Balaos. EB had a much larger contract for a greater number of Gatos than did Portsmouth and therefore took longer to complete her production run. For a period of time it would have been common to see brand new Gatos and brand new Balaos sitting next to each other at the piers in New London.
|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 (USNR).
|71k||Captain Joseph F. Enright was born in Minot, North Dakota, on 18 September 1910. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1933, he joined the submarine force in 1936. Over the next six years, he served in S-35 (SS-140) and S-22 (SS-127), including duty as Executive Officer of the latter. In 1942 and 1943, Lieutenant Commander Enright commanded O-10 (SS-71) and Dace (SS-247).
Following several months service at the Midway Islands submarine base, in September 1944 he took command of Archerfish (SS-311). On 29 November 1944, his submarine sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano, an action for which Commander Enright was awarded the Navy Cross. The ship was presented the Presidential Unit Citation.
Following World War II, Enright had a variety of shore and seagoing duties and was promoted to Captain in 1952. His later commands included Submarine Division 31 in 1949-50, Fulton (AS-11) in 1953-54, Submarine Squadron 8 in 1954-55 and Boston (CAG-1) in 1959-60. Captain Enright retired on 1 July 1963. He died on 07/20/00.
|USN photo # NH 90520 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Text courtesy of USNHC.
|631k|| An aerial view of the Imperial Japanese Naval Base at Yokosuka Arsenal, taken by a long-range photo-recon F-13 (B-29) Superfortess flying from Saipan/Tinian, on 1 November 1944. At top right can be seen the partially completed aircraft carrier HIJMS Shinano, undergoing sea trials in Tokyo Bay, five weeks after launching and eight days prior to commissioning. There are also three early-1900s pre-dreadnought battleships in this photo.
This image was scanned from "Looking Down At War: Axis Warships As Seen On Photos From Allied Intelligence Files" by Colonel Roy M. Stanley 11, USAF (Ret.) Published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd., ISBN 978 184884 471 1.
A maximum enlargement of Shinano as shown. In this image her elevators are shown down but no aircraft are carried. This image was scanned from "Looking Down At War: Axis Warships As Seen On Photos From Allied Intelligence Files" by Colonel Roy M. Stanley 11, USAF (Ret.) Published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd. ISBN 978 184884 471 1.
The aircraft carrier Shinano undergoing sea trials in Tokyo Bay. This image was taken by an unknown civilian photographer aboard a harbour tug on 11 November 1944.
Image from Shizuo Fukui Collection. This image was scanned from "Aircraft Carriers of the World, 1914 to the Present: An Illustrated Encyclopedia" by Roger Chesneau. Published by Arms and Armour Press. ISBN 0-85368-636-X
|All photos courtesy of Robert Hurst.|
|1.18k||Two 7 page PDF's on the sinking of the aircraft carrier Shinano by the Archerfish (SS-311) on 28 November 1944.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|120k||Archerfish (SS-311), underway 30 May 1945, probably in the San Francisco Bay area.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-326328, via NARA College Park, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|342k||Archerfish (SS-311), underway 30 May 1945, probably in the San Francisco Bay area.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-326329, via NARA College Park, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|403k||Archerfish (SS-311), underway 30 May 1945, probably in the San Francisco Bay area.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-326340, via NARA College Park, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|93k||Archerfish (SS-311), off Hunter's Point Naval Drydocks, San Francisco, California, 5 June 1945.||USN photo # NH 96816, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.|
|114k||Archerfish (SS-311), leaving Hunter's Point Naval Drydocks, San Francisco, California, 5 June 1945, after her last wartime overhaul. Installed are two 5" / 25 cal deck guns,a 40mm single gun mounted on her forward gun deck and a 20mm gun on the after deck. The 20mm gun (less base) was stored in pressure proof lockers adjacent to the base mount. Her number 2 periscope is in full raised position. Also raised is the "SD" radar antenna mast. By the arrangement of the limber holes along the lower portion of the superstructure, this boat was built with the Portsmouth plans. The plans between Portsmouth & Electric Boat are slightly different.||USN Archive photo # 19-N-87174. Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, "Fleet Subs of WW II" by Thomas F. Walkowiak.|
|83k||Ship's crew pose on board, while she was alongside Proteus (AS-19) in Tokyo Bay, 1 September 1945. Men in the front row are holding Archerfish's (SS-311) battle flag, which features her insignia in its center. The insignia is also painted on the large circular plaque held up below the superstructure railing in the background.||USN photo # NH 95017, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN(Retired), 1979.|
|45k||Archerfish's (SS-311) battle flag.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|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:
Sea Cat (SS-399),
and Tigrone (SS-419).
|USN photo # NH 95019, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN(Retired), 1979.|
|137k||Reserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. This photo is a Berthing list identifying the ships in the picture.||Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|453k||Photo of the Reserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. Whether coincidental or on purpose, the number of boats in the photo is the same as that which were lost in WW II.|
From back to front and left to right, first group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, second group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, third group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, fourth group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, last group of 4 boats:
From back to front, Submarine Tenders group of 4 ships:
|Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl Baker|
|271k||Newspaper clipping of the decommissioning of Archerfish (SS-311) at Mare Island on 12 June 1946.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|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. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.|
|203k||Photo of forward portion of sail and antenna arrangement of Archerfish (SS-311) at Mare Island on 25 March 1952.||USN photo # 12448-3-52, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|170k||Photo of port side of sail and antenna arrangement of Archerfish (SS-311) at Mare Island on 25 March 1952.||USN photo # 12450-3-52, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|117k||Photo of antenna arrangement aboard from aft of gun mount Archerfish (SS-311) at Mare Island on 25 March 1952. She was being activated at the yard from 7 March to 29 May 1952.||USN photo # 12452-3-52, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|81k||28 May 1952 finds the Archerfish (SS-311) off Mare Island, CA.|| Source: NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files.|
USN photo # NY9-13252-5-52 courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.@ Researcher @ Large.
|458k||Port side view of the Archerfish (SS-311) off Mare Island, CA., 28 May 1952.||USN photo # NY9-13250-5-52 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|215k||Sail away, 1950's version: Three different types appear in this photo:
Archerfish (SS-311), Grenadier (SS-525) & Chopper (SS-342) in Key West, Fla, during the 1950's.
|Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.|
|278k||Bow view of the Balao (SS-285) together with the Archerfish (SS-311) for the movie "Operation Petticoat" in 1959 while the boat was in Key West, Fla.||Photos courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert Hurst.
|2.35k||Fourteen page Welcome Aboard & History of the Archerfish (SS-311), circa 1960.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|34k||Commemorative post mark honoring Archerfish (SS-311), 26 January 1961 at Willemstad, Curacao in Netherlands Antilles Oceanographic Survey "Operation Sea Scan".||USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.|
|180k||Archerfish (AGSS-311), operating off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 12 March 1961. She was then participating in "Operation Sea Scan", a scientific undertaking to investigate oceanographic and weather conditions.||USN photo by PH2 C.L. Roberson, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org. Text from photo # NH 96815, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center|
|181k||Archerfish (AGSS-311), operating off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 12 March 1961.
||USN photo by PH2 C.L. Roberson, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org|
|525k||Archerfish (SS-311), 20 September 1962.||USN photo # NPC 1062558 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|86k||Archerfish (AGSS-311) in the foreground with Kawishiwi (AO-146) in the background, at Naval Station Subic Bay, PI, January 1965.||Allen R Vaughan QM2(SS) Archerfish (SS-AGSS-311) crew member.|
|86k||Archerfish (SS-311), port side view, circa 1957 to 1968.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|61k||Archerfish (SS-311), starboard side view, circa 1957 to 1968.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|540k||Archerfish (SS-311) meets Japan, 1966.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel.|
|1.70k||Change of Command Ceremony PDF of the Archerfish (SS-311), 1 May 1968.||Courtesy of Ron Reeves HTC (ret.) & John Perry Wood USNA '53.|
|41k||On 17 October 1968 off San Diego, the ex-Archerfish (SS-311) meets her end as the Snook (SSN-592) fired 3 torpedoes; This photo shows the second torpedo, a MK37-2 that struck near her stern doing little damage.||U.S. Navy & text photo courtesy of ussarcherfish.com.|
|36k||On 17 October 1968 off San Diego, the ex-Archerfish (SS-311) meets her end as the Snook (SSN-592) fired a MK 14-5 torpedo that hits her amidships, sinking the target in 52 seconds.||U.S. Navy & text photo courtesy of ussarcherfish.com.|
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