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Plaice (SS-390)
WW II Patrols

Radio Call Sign: November - Juliet - Whiskey - Oscar

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Keel Laying - Active Service


Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 28 June 1943, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 15 November 1943; Commissioned USS Plaice (SS-390), 12 February 1944; Decommissioned late 1947, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Reactivated 18 May 1963 in preparation for transfer to Brazil, under the Military Assistance Program, 7 September 1963; Commissioned in the Brazilian Navy as Bahia (S-12); Sold to Brazil in 1972; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1973; Final Disposition; Original plan was to make the sub a Museum, but it was sold for scrapping in 1978 because The Brazilian Museum of Naval Technology had financial problems and had to cancel the program. Plaice received six battle stars for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert & Valdo Novaes.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced 1,526 t., Submerged 2,391 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2 kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 6 Officers 60 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, one single 40mm gun mount, one single 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear, four Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, 5,400 HP, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gal., four Elliot Motor Co. electric main motors with 2,740 shp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Plaice 284k The War Patrols of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2, 1944 - August 24, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 239k Still on Patrol, U.S. Subs lost during WW II. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 263k History of the Plaice (SS-390). Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 247k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 202k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 265k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 292k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 301k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 272k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 312k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 397k First patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), June 2 - July 26, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 211k Second patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), August 17 - October 12, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 329k Second patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), August 17 - October 12, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 329k Second patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), August 17 - October 12, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 295k Second patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), August 17 - October 12, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 287k Second patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), August 17 - October 12, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 333k Second patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), August 17 - October 12, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 192k Third patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), November 9 - December 20, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 254k Third patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), November 9 - December 20, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 297k Third patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), November 9 - December 20, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 358k Third patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), November 9 - December 20, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 291k Third patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), November 9 - December 20, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 127k Third patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), November 9 - December 20, 1944. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 224k Fourth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), January 23 - March 23, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 262k Fourth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), January 23 - March 23, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 262k Fourth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), January 23 - March 23, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 285k Fourth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), January 23 - March 23, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 327k Fourth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), January 23 - March 23, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 304k Fourth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), January 23 - March 23, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 142k Fourth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), January 23 - March 23, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 142k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 288k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 310k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 248k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 307k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 282k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 256k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 309k Fifth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), April 26 - June 13, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 199k Sixth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), July 18 - August 24, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 279k Sixth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), July 18 - August 24, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 310k Sixth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), July 18 - August 24, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 226k Sixth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), July 18 - August 24, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.
Plaice 227k Sixth patrol of the Plaice (SS-390), July 18 - August 24, 1945. Courtesy of Ray Barber.

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