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USS Bugara

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-331
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down21 Oct 1943
Launched2 Jul 1944
Commissioned15 Nov 1944
Decommissioned1 Oct 1970
Sunk1 Jun 1971
Displacement1550 tons standard; 2424 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-278A V16 diesel engines (5400shp), four high-speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears (2740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Speed20 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots surfaced, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Crew81
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x127mm 25cal gun
Submerged Speed8.75 knots

Contributor:

ww2dbaseUSS Bugara was commissioned into service late in the war with Commander A. F. Schade in command. Her first two uneventful war patrols took her to the Flores Sea and the Java Sea. During her third war patrol to the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea, she sank 57 small boats and ships totaling 5,284 tons with her deck gun between 24 Jul and 7 Aug 1945. In one episode, she came across a Malaysian pirate ship in process of raiding a Chinese-manned Japanese merchant ship; the Chinese crew was rescued, and then both the pirate and the merchant ship were sunk by gunfire. Her third war patrol ended in Fremantle, Australia on 15 Aug 1945, and she went on to Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. In Jan 1946, she set sail for San Diego, California, United States. In May 1946, she arrived at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, United States for a scheduled overhaul. In the fall of 1946, she made a training cruise in the Bering Sea. Between 20 Nov 1947 and 19 Mar 1948, she was in California. Between Jul and Aug 1948, she made a trip across the Pacific Ocean. Between Aug and Dec 1949, she was at San Francisco, California, United States for an overhaul. In the early 1950s, she made two tours of duty off Korea during the Korean War. She was decommissioned from service in Oct 1970.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Submarine USS Bugara (SS-331) Interactive Map

USS Bugara Operational Timeline

21 Oct 1943 The keel of submarine Bugara was laid down.
2 Jul 1944 Submarine Bugara was launched, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Captain Lyman S. Perry.
15 Nov 1944 USS Bugara was commissioned into service with Commander A. F. Schade in command.
19 Jul 1945 USS Bugara fired 9 torpedoes at a Japanese convoy south of Saigon, Indochina. All torpedoes missed.
24 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 4 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
25 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 6 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
26 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 5 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
27 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 3 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
28 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 4 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day and 1 more during the night.
29 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 4 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
30 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 3 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
31 Jul 1945 USS Bugara sank 1 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area before dawn, and 4 more during the day.
2 Aug 1945 USS Bugara sank 1 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area before dawn, and 5 more during the day.
3 Aug 1945 USS Bugara sank 2 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
4 Aug 1945 USS Bugara sank 3 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
5 Aug 1945 USS Bugara sank 4 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
6 Aug 1945 USS Bugara sank 4 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day and 1 more during the night.
7 Aug 1945 USS Bugara sank 2 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day.
17 Aug 1945 USS Bugara arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her third and final war patrol.
27 Mar 1948 USS Bugara arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
24 Aug 1948 USS Bugara arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
13 Aug 1949 USS Bugara departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
3 Jan 1950 USS Bugara completed a scheduled overhaul at San Francisco, California, United States and returned to Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
7 Dec 1954 USS Bugara departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
15 Dec 1954 USS Bugara arrived at San Diego, California, United States.
1 Oct 1970 USS Bugara was decommissioned from service and struck from the US Naval Register.
1 Jun 1971 Submarine Bugara, while under tow, flooded and sank off Cape Flattery, Washington, United States.

Photographs

Launching ceremony of submarine Bugara, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 2 Jul 1944USS Bugara underway during torpedo exercise off Panama Bay south of Panama, Jan 1945USS Bugara underway, 1969




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