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|19k||Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of the keel laying of the Chopper (SS-342), 2 March 1944, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.||Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|347k||Chopper (SS-342) starts down the ways on 4 February 1945.||Photo # 80-G-48211 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 10/31/16.
|18k||Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of the Chopper's (SS-342) launching on 4 February 1945.||Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|660k||Portside view of the Chopper (SS-342),underway, circa 1945.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|53k||Chopper (SS-342), WW II patch.||Photo courtesy of Patrick Householder.|
|978k||Port side view of Chopper (SS-342) entering port in February 1947. Note the six Mk 51 rockets launcher on the bow of the submarine.||Text i.d. courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Photo # 18X1-2-47 from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
|659k||Aerial view of Chopper (SS-342) in February 1947.||Photo # 18X2-2-47 from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|224k||Forward plan view of Pomodon (SS-486) during her Guppy conversion at Mare Island on 16 May 1947. Chivo (SS-341) and Chopper (SS-342) are aft of Pomodon.||USN Photo # 988-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.06k||Nine page History & Welcome Aboard PDF of the Chopper (SS-342).||Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|1.99k||From a side photo perspective, Chopper (SS-342) was the right boat to be on.||Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|1.02k||Portside view of the Chopper (SS-342),underway, circa post 1951 modernization at Electric Boat Co.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|49k||Chopper (SS-342) departed Key West 7 January 1952 for a tour of duty in the Mediterranean until 20 May.||Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
|349k||Barb (SS-220), Chivo (SS-341) and Chopper (SS-342) in 1954 outboard Bushnell (AS-15) in Key West, FA.||Photo courtesy of usschivo.org via John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|47k||The Chopper (SS-342) during 1958 off Key West Fla. The two gents on top the snorkel exhaust are going to be a bit wet if they stay where they are.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.|
|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.|
|509k||The Chopper (SS-342) and Lockheed P-3 Orion overhead in undated anti-sub warfare exercise possibly on 20 June 1960.||Photo from The World Encyclopedia of Submarines by John Parker courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Insert photo US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2011.113.331, courtesy of Mike Green.
|712k||Chopper (SS-342) and Darter (SS-576) exercise together with other elements of the fleet in the Atlantic on 20 June 1960.||USN photo # 701727 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|538k||President JFK and Chopper (SS-342) meet, 26 November 1962.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired via farm3.staticflickr.com.|
|249k||Change of command at Subron 12 Key West Fla. in the 1960's aboard the Bushnell (AS-15). Barracuda (SST-3) upper right. Other boats there are Sea Cat (SS-399), Picuda (SS-382), Atule (SS-403), Sea Fox (SS-402), Threadfin (SS-410) & Chopper (SS-342).||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.|
|72k||Chopper (SS-342), at Key West, FL., 1966.||© Richard Leonhardt.|
|200k||The Chopper (SS-342) decommissioned after her deep dive...no jack flying, no topside watch...decommissioned Fletcher destroyers behind her.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.|
|27k||The Chopper (SS-342), decomissioned after deep dive, at destroyer and submarine piers Norfolk Va. Kittywake (ASR-13) in background, date unknown.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.|
|288k||Service Weapons Test 76-1 (Ex-Chopper Sinkex).
The Chopper (SS-342) was rigged from bridge pontoons at 300 ft. Merchant ships ignored the Notice to Mariners about the explosive ordnance testing. Chopper stayed at 300 ft for several hours, while we waited on Spadefish (SSN-668) for the merchants to clear the area. Suddenly the pontoons disappeared and we heard the sounds of Chopper breaking up. The sinkex was conducted ~ 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.
|Photo courtesy of Bill Wilson.|
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