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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Easy - Mike

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 17 December 1941 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI
  • Launched 20 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-478, 1 April 1942 at New Orleans, LA
  • During World War II, PC-478 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater
  • Damaged in a collision with LST-451, 6 October 1943 en route from Adak to Amchitka, AK
  • Decommissioned 10 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 5 June 1946
  • Sold for scrap 14 November 1946 to Zidell Shipbreakers of Portland, OR.


  • Displacement 295 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount;, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6329 and 6330), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-478 46k c. February 1942
    Defoe Shipbuilding Company
    Great Lakes Institute photo
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Arthur Noyes Daniels, USN/USNR - USNA Class of 19311 April 1942 - June 1943
    02LT Roger F. Hooper, Jr., USNRJune 1943 - April 1944
    03LT Winslow D. Shaw, USNRApril 1944 - June 1944
    04LTJG Merrill E. Stodghill, USNRJune 1944 - December 1944
    05LTJG Charles D. Brannan, USNRDecember 1944 - June 1945
    06LT Edwin J. Ongerth, USNRJune 1945 - 14 November 1945
    07LTJG Conrad S. Young, USNR14 November 1945 - December 1945
    08LTJG Bruce P. Fisher, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    09LTJG John E. Boyle, USNRMarch 1946 - 10 May 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-478
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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