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PC-1243



Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Uncle - Mike

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 December 1942 by the Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Launched 15 March 1943
  • Commissioned 12 September 1943
  • Decommissioned 1 April 1947 at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 April 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 27 August 1947 and sold to Negros Navigation Co. of San Francisco, CA
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 295 t.(lt) 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, two 20mm guns, four depth charge projectors (K-guns), two depth charge tracks, and two rocket launchers
  • Propulsion: Two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines (Serial No. 14209 & 14210), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-1243 101k 12 September 1943
    Commanding Officer with ships logo
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1243 496k 12 September 1943
    Crew photo on commissioning day
    Third row center: LCDR James R. Keeling, Commanding; LT George H. Weed, Executive Officer; LTJG John B. Hannum and ENS Royster
    George Weed
    PC-1139 54k c. fall 1945
    Anchored alongside PC-1139 at Chi Chi Jima, Bonin Islands north of Iwo Jima.
    Photo courtesy of Sam S. Rice, USNR, Ret., who served in PC-1139
    Thomas Ficht
    PC-1243 96k . Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James Robert Keeling, USNR12 September 1943
    02LT George Haines Weed, USNR15 March 1944 - 4 July 1944
    03LT John B. Hannum, III, USNR4 July 1944 - 14 February 1945
    04LT George Eugene Quincy "Gene" Johnson, Jr., USNR14 February 1945 - 18 November 1945
    05LT George Belitsos, USNR18 November 1945
    06ENS David Miller Shoemaker, USNR29 January 1946
    07LTJG Daniel William Brown, USN26 September 1946
    08LTJG William Edward Daniels, USN17 January 1947 - 1 April 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and George Weed

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-1243
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