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Tipton (PC 1231)
ex-PCC-1231
ex-PC-1231



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Kilo - Alpha

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • The seond Tipton was laid down 1 September 1942 by the Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 12 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-1231, 13 July 1943
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-1231 20 August 1945
  • At Maui, Hawaii in July 1945 practicing for the invasion of Japan. When the war ended, they helped escort the invasion (now occupation) fleet to Sasebo Japan. From Sasebo, they escorted an ocean going barge to Nagasaki,
    Japan and returned. From Sasebo, they were assigned to mine sweeping operations in the Bonin Islands which consisted of followed minesweepers and destroyed mines cut loose with rifle and 20mm fire. Ordered to Chi
    Chi Jima in the Bonin Islands to act as a communication center for the Marines which were overseeing evacuation of Japanese soldiers from the island and investigating war crimes commited against American airmen shot down.
    After Chi Chi Jima, PC-1231 headed to Pearl Harbor and eventually Portland, Oregon
  • Decommissioned 28 June 1946 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Tipton 15 February 1956
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 280 t. (lt), 450 t. (fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two Mousetrap rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D 8 1/8 diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-1231 87k In drydock
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231
    Chris Smith
    PC-1231 115k c. 1945
    Officers of PC-1231. Lower right is Fred Andreatta
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231
    PC-1231 99k c. 1945
    Crewmembers on forecastle whil escorting an ocean going barge to Nagasaki, Japan
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231
    PC-1231 96k c. 1945
    After main deck as seen from the mast
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231
    PC-1231 84k c. 1945
    Bonin Islands, Japan
    Firing at mines
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231
    PC-1231 93k c. 1945
    Riding out a typhoon off the coast of Japan
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231
    PC-1231 76k c. 1945
    Chi Chi Jima, Bonin Islands, Japan
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231
    PC-1231 79k c. 1945
    Refueling PC-1206 (left), bound for home
    From the collection of Fred Andreatta, Communications Officer, PC-1231

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG G. A. Maxted, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Tipton (PC 1231)
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