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USCGC Air Willet (WAVR 479)
ex-USS SC-1369

Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Oboe - Victor


SC-1369 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 December 1942 as PC-1369 by the Wilmington Boat Works, Inc., Wilmington, CA
  • Reclassified SC-1369 in April 1943
  • Launched 19 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1369, 12 November 1943
  • Decommissioned 7 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 7 July 1948 and commissioned USCGC Air Willet (WAVR 479)
  • Acquired in 1954 by Paul W. Getman of Klawock, AK for use as a fishing boat and renamed Gleaner
  • Acquired in 1959 by Willis W. Lee of Ketchikan, AK
  • Acquired in 1967 by Wesley S. Burrows of Long Beach, CA
  • Acquired in 1972 by Corrine E. Gray of Long Beach, CA
  • Acquired in 1973 by George P. Meyers of Glendale, CA for use as a yacht and renamed Maui
  • Foundered 7 May 1977 at Long Beach, CA.


  • Displacement 110 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    SC-1369 79k Entering Auxiliary Repair Dock (ARD 20) for repairs
    Photo from the collection of Machinist Mate Robert W. Schnacke
    Ed Culp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT David N. Knowlton, USNR12 November 1943
    02ENS H. D. Read, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1369
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