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Quillback (SS-424)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Sierra - Whiskey

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, 27 June 1944, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.; Launched, 1 October 1944; Commissioned USS Quillback (SS-424), 29 December 1944; Decommissioned in April 1952 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH, for Guppy IIA conversion; Recommissioned, 27 February 1953; Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 23 March 1973; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 March 1974. Quillback earned one battle star for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,570 t., Submerged: 2,416 t.; Length 311' 8"; Beam 27' 2"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; 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 40mm gun, one 20mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four Fairbanks Morse main generator diesel engines, 5,400 hp, Fuel Capacity, 113,510 gals, two General Electric main motors, 2,740 hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Quillback 11k Carpiodes cyprinus, a Quillback. Photo courtesy of outdooralabama.com.
Quillback 65k Quillback (SS-424), underway, circa 1945. USN photo.
Quillback475kQuillback (SS-424) picking up downed USAAF pilot Captain Roy Jacobson (circled), within sight of the coast of Kyushu, after a August 1945 air strike over Japan. Photo i.d. courtesy of Raymond Smith.
Official USN photos courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
Quillback 145k Quillback (SS-424), at the Submarine base New London, CT 1945. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Quillback 75k Quillback (SS-424), underway on the surface in 1953 after Guppy IIA conversion. Courtesy of Lee Davenport.
Quillback 1.32k Quillback (SS-424) pictured with Saipan (CVL-48) from 5 May 1951 to 9 May 1951. Photo courtesy of Tom Pendergast via Ron Reeves.
Quillback 281k Quillback (SS-424) underway C 1960. Photo from the Ida Woodward Barron Collection. Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00007958x courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Photo added 11/15/17.
Quillback 76k Quillback (SS-424), taken from Wasp (CVS-18) at Gitmo during ORI in 1968. Courtesy of Ben Brooks.
Quillback 374k Four page Quillback (SS-424) Welcome Aboard PDF, circa 1963-64. Courtesy of Mike Keating & Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Quillback 333k Quillback (SS-424) underway on 25 May 1964. Photo from the Ida Woodward Baron Collection in the Florida Keys Public Library via flickr.com courtesy of Steven Gower.
Quillback 374k Colorfull Quillback (SS-424) circa 1960's. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Quillback 16k Captain Harry C. Rockefeller commanded the Quillback (SS-424) from 22 July 1968 to 5 June 1970. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Text i.d. courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler.
Marlin216kThe Marlin (SST-2), the T-1 and the Quillback (SS-424) at the pier at the Naval Station Key West in March 1973. Photo from the Ida Woodward Baron Collection in the Florida Keys Public Library via flickr.com courtesy of Steven Gower.
Quillback 129k Quillback (SS-424), decommissioning article, 29 March 1973 from the Key West Citizen. Courtesy of Mike Keating.
Quillback 65k The Key West water front, on the base just prior to closing forever. The Quillback (SS-424), and Kretchmer (DER - 329) are visible at the top, right of the picture. Quillback was already decommissioned and Kretchmer was preparing for decommissioning. Courtesy of Mike Keating.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tench Class Submarines
Guppy Submarines
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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