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|22k||Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Plaice's (SS-390) launching on 15 November 1943 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle.|
|20k||Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Plaice's (SS-390) commissioning on 12 February 1944.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle.|
|95k|| Pre-christening photo of the sponsor & maid of honor, Eleanor Fazzi & her cousin, Elda Petrucci who would christen the Plaice (SS-390) on 15 November 1943 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Lea Emby explains how her mother was chosen to christen the Plaice.
"My mother was chosen to christen a submarine because her brother was killed on the Yorktown (CV-5) in the Battle of the Coral Sea. His name was Victor A. Fazzi, Fireman 2nd Class, USNR. He had enlisted in the navy long before the start of the war, and he had been assigned to the Yorktown before it was sent to the Pacific.
When my mother's brother (Victor) was killed, he was buried at sea, and the navy did not return his personal effects, although they said they would. This was due to the fact that the Yorktown was patched up quickly and sent back into action - into the Battle of Midway, where, of course, it sank.
Anyway, all of this was too much for my grandmother (my mother's mother). Victor had been her oldest son, and her favorite. When he died and nothing was returned, she just couldn't go on. She died about 4 weeks later, she was only 49.
So . . . my mother lost her brother and her mother within a month, and she was left to keep house and take care of her father and raise her younger brother and sister. My mom had two younger siblings - so my mother was 23; her brother 15; and her sister only 8 when all of this happened. Of course, she did this without complaining, that's what their generation did. When my parents got married, my father had to move in with them, my mother would leave her family.
My grandfather was friendly with a Rhode Island superior court judge, very politically influential, and this judge contacted RI Senator Theodore Francis Green (who was a former RI governor). At the time, Senator Green was on some military subcommittee in Congress, and Judge DePasquale arranged to have Eleanor christen a submarine as his offering of condolence to my grandfather. So that's how my mother, an ordinary Italian girl and a child of immigrants from Providence Rhode Island, got to sponsor a US submarine!!!
Only in America."
|USN photo courtesy of her daughter, Lea Emby.|
|47k||Pre-christening photo of the sponsor, Eleanor Fazzi who would christen the Plaice (SS-390) on 15 November 1943 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.||USN photo courtesy of her daughter, Lea Emby.|
|66k||The Plaice (SS-390) is christened by Eleanor Fazzi on 15 November 1943 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.||USN photo courtesy of her daughter, Lea Emby.|
|19k||Commemorative medallion on the occasion of the launching of the Plaice (SS-390), 15 November 1943 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.||
Courtesy of James A. Munroe in remembrance of his father Raymond L. Munroe Sr. who worked at the yard during WW II and the Korean wars as a chauffeur.
|95k||The Plaice (SS-390) is waterborne at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME. following her launching on 15 November 1943.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|82k||Crew at Midway after Plaice's (SS-390) first war patrol, July 1944.||Courtesy of Ray Barber.|
|72k||Crew at Guam after Plaice's (SS-390) third patrol, 1944 Xmas day.||Courtesy of Ray Barber.|
|45k||Crew at Midway after Plaice's (SS-390) fifth patrol, 26 April 1945.||Courtesy of Ray Barber.|
|20k||Plaice's (SS-390) Battle flag with Disney Logo first stage in production.||Courtesy of Ray Barber.|
|60k||Plaice's (SS-390) Battle flag with Disney Logo.||Courtesy of Ray Barber.|
|1.6k||Plaice's (SS-390) Battle flag with Disney Logo after her 5th patrol.||Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|28k||By late 1944, many submarines had limited radar detection installations called radar countermeasures (RCM), although they never included jammers. Plaice's (SS-390) antenna blocked out here appears to be an AS-44, which detected microwave (S-band) signals at 1000-3500 MHz serving an APR-5AX or SPR-2. Both antennas were omnidirectional, and both could be connected to a pulse analyzer (SPA-1), from which the signal's pulse repetition rate and pulse width could be read. If the radar was a known type, this figure could identify it.||Photo courtesy of Ray Barber, partial text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
|1.18k||The table below lists the location of submarines at Mare Island on 20 September 1945. This information was pulled from microfiche copies of the hand written shipyard journals. Iím surprised that both the clipping and my table show 21 subs at the yard on the date in question. The photo is looking north and berth 3 is at the top of the photo and then the berths run down or south.
Berth 3 - Springer (SS-414) & Spadefish (SS-411)
Berth 4 - Guavina (SS-362) & Barbero (SS-317)
Berth 5 - Hammerhead (SS-364), Tinosa (SS-283), Mapiro (SS-376) & Moray (SS-300)
Berth 6 - Bream (SS-243), Seahorse (SS-304), Batfish (SS-310) & Aspro (SS-309)
Berth 7 - Pomfret (SS-391), Parche (SS-384) & Sunfish (SS-281)
Berth 8 - Queenfish (SS-393)
Berth 9 - Lionfish (SS-298) & Plaice (SS-390)
Dry Dock 1 - Bashaw (SS-241) & Mingo (SS-261)
Berth 12 - Guitarro (SS-363).
|Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo added 05/18/14.
|263k||Plaice (SS-390), off Diamond Head, circa 1946-47.||Courtesy of Ray Barber.|
|129k||Plaice (SS-390), circa post WW II.||
Courtesy LCDR Calvin Raymond USN Ret.
|1.0m||Parche (SS-384) with YF-312 and S-30 (SS-135) outboard at Mare Island between 19 and 23 October 1945. The submarine to the left of Parche's sail is either Plaice (SS-390), Tinosa (SS-283) or Queenfish (SS-393). The Nereus (AS-17) is just visible left of the Parche's periscope shears.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|164k||Broadside view of Plaice (SS-390) off Mare Island on 24 February 1947. She was in overhaul at Mare Island on 3 December 1946 to 6 March 1947.||USN photo # 415-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|148k||Amidships looking aft plan view of Plaice (SS-390) at Mare Island on 27 February 1947.||USN photo # 430-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
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