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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - George - Sugar - Queen


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 27 October 1942 as PC-1281 by the Elizabeth City Shipyards, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Launched 6 February 1943Reclassified SC-1281 in April 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1281, 3 May 1943
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, SCC-1281, 20 August 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commision 6 December 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, one/two twin .50 cal. machine guns, two/three depth charge projector "K Guns", 14 depth charges with six single release chocks and two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-1281 78k c. 1945 Tony Mastadonna
    SC-1281/PCS-1402 94k c. September 1945
    D-Day, Okinawa, Hagushi Harbor, western side. SC-1281, steaming between an unidentified LST and PCS-1402
    Original photo: Bill Kinney SC-1281 via E. J. Comeau PC-552/1228
    Replacement photo: Ed Henke

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG A. J. Baker, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1281
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    "Subchaser in the South Pacific"
    by J. Henry Doscher, CAPT, USN, Ret.

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