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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Oboe - William


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 28 July 1942 as PC-1266 by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, MA
  • Launched 9 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-1266, 13 February 1943
  • Reclassified SC-1266 in April 1943
  • Participated in the invasion of Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands in August 1943
  • Suffered blast damages 29 January 1945 after Serpens (AK 97) was sunk by explosion of undetermined origin at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
  • Decommissioned 30 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 December 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 2 April 1948
  • Acquired in 1963 by Daniel E. Huff of Sacramento, CA for use as a fishing boat and named Ponderosa
  • Acquired in 1975 by Adrian A. Hylton of West Sacramento, CA
  • Scrapped in 1977.


  • Displacement 148 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 3"/23 mount, one 40mm mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "K Guns," two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    No image of SC-1266 is available at this time

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Matthew Vaughan Carson, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V (1942)
    Retired as Captain, USN
    12 February 1943 - March 1943
    02LT Homer Coleman Pogue, Jr., USNRMarch 1943 - 5 September 1943
    03LTJG Thomas L. Hallett, Jr., USNR5 September 1943 - March 1944
    04LTJG Ira L. Burleson, USNRMarch 1944 - June 1944
    05LTJG Cecil D. Davis, USNRJune 1944 - June 1945
    06LTJG Louis J. Gagnard, USNR30 November 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1266
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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