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USCGC Air Crow (WAVR 416)
ex-USS SC-539

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - King - Victor

ex-USS PC-539

SC-539 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 17 May 1941 by the Peterson Boat Works, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Launched 7 April 1942
  • Delivered 30 May 1942 and commissioned USS PC-539
  • Reclassified SC-539 in September 1942
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 4 December 1945 and commissioned USCGC Air Crow (WAVR 416)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946
  • Sold 21 January 1948 to William F. Matthews of Marietta, WA and renamed Linda
  • Sold in 1951 to Sverre Gjerstad of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sold in 1960 to Swen Jerstad of Vancouver
  • Sold in 1979 to the Robertson Fishing Corp. of Vancouver
  • Sold in 1982 to Donald F. Bellham of Comox, British Columbia
  • Sold in 1983 to Burgess Fisheries, Ltd. of Prince Rupert, British Columbia
  • Acquired in 1993 by Cliff Brown of Port Hardy, British Columbia
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 3"/23 mount, one/two .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 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-539 64k 18 May 1942
    Sturgeon Bay, WI
    Photo by W. C. Schroeder
    Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    SC-539 57k Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG William R. Roberts, USNR30 May 1942
    02LTJG Richard H. Cordell, USNRFebruary 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-539
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