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USS Guitarro

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-363
BuilderManitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States
Laid Down7 Apr 1943
Launched29 Aug 1943
Commissioned26 Jan 1944
Decommissioned4 May 1972
Displacement1549 tons standard; 2463 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-278A V16 diesel engines (5,400shp), four high-speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Speed21 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots surfaced, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Crew60
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x76mm 50cal deck gun
Submerged Speed9 knots

Contributor:

ww2dbaseConstructed in Wisconsin, United States, submarine USS Guitarro was transited to sea down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana, United States in Feb 1944. She operated out of Balboa, Panama Canal Zone in Mar 1944 before heading to the Pacific Theater of Operations. Her first war patrol off Taiwan, Japan (now Republic of China) and second war patrol off Luzon, Philippine Islands were both successful. During the third war patrol, although she was unable to attack the Japanese Center Force which she detected after sundown on 23 Oct 1944, her subsequent tracking of this force contributed to the American preparations to deal with this group. Also on the third war patrol, as a member of a wolfpack, she attacked and damaged the light cruiser Kumano, disabling her and leading to her ultimate destruction by carrier aircraft days later; for this successful attack she was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation. Her final two war patrols in WW2 saw no more sinkings. She was placed in reserve in Dec 1945. In 1952, she was recommissioned to perform training duties. In Sep 1953, she was decommissioned again for modernization at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California, United States.

ww2dbaseIn May 1954, she began hosting Turkish sailors to prepare for her transfer to Turkey per the Military Defense Assistance Program. The transfer took place in Aug 1954, and she served with the Turkish Navy as the submarine Preveze until 1972. She was originally designated S 22 in the Turkish Navy, but in 1965 her number changed to S 340. When the submarine's useful life had come to an end, she was officially sold to Turkey on 1 Jan 1972, and Turkey began the process of decommissioning her for scrapping later in the same year.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

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USS Guitarro Operational Timeline

7 Apr 1943 The keel of submarine Guitarro was laid down.
29 Aug 1943 Submarine Guitarro was launched, sponsored by the wife of chief of the US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Ross T. McIntire.
26 Jan 1944 USS Guitarro was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Enrique D. Haskins in command.
13 Feb 1944 USS Guitarro departed Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States for Chicago, Illinois, United States.
22 Feb 1944 USS Guitarro completed her transit down the Mississippi River (towed in a drydock by Minnesota) and arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
1 Mar 1944 USS Guitarro departed New Orleans, Louisiana, United States for Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.
2 Apr 1944 USS Guitarro departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.
17 Apr 1944 USS Guitarro arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
7 May 1944 USS Guitarro departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol.
30 May 1944 USS Guitarro sank the heavily-escorted cargo ship Shisen Maru off Taiwan, hitting her with two of the three torpedoes fired.
2 Jun 1944 USS Guitarro sank frigate Awaii off Taiwan in the early morning, hitting her with three of the six torpedoes fired. At the end of the day, she claimed sinking a Japanese destroyer, hitting her with one of the two torpedoes fired.
19 Jun 1944 USS Guitarro arrived at Darwin, Australia.
21 Jun 1944 USS Guitarro departed Darwin, Australia.
27 Jun 1944 USS Guitarro arrived at Frementle, Australia, ending her first war patrol.
21 Jul 1944 USS Guitarro departed Frementle, Australia for her second war patrol.
7 Aug 1944 USS Guitarro attacked a Japanese convoy off Luzon, Philippine Islands in the South China Sea, sinking frigate Kusakaki with three of the six torpedoes fired.
8 Aug 1944 USS Guitarro sank a small vessel off Luzon, Philippine Islands in the South China Sea with her deck gun.
10 Aug 1944 USS Guitarro attacked a Japanese convoy off Luzon, Philippine Islands and sank tanker Shinei Maru; she expended eight torpedoes in this attack and claimed a total of five hits; Guitarro suffered superficial damage from the subsequent depth charging.
21 Aug 1944 USS Guitarro attacked a Japanese convoy off Luzon, Philippine Islands and sank cargo ship Uga Maru, hitting her with two of the four torpedoes fired.
27 Aug 1944 USS Guitarro attacked three small Japanese tankers, firing two torpedoes while submerged (both missed) then surfaced to sink Nanshin Maru with the deck gun.
8 Sep 1944 USS Guitarro arrived at Fremantle, Austrialia, ending her second war patrol.
8 Oct 1944 USS Guitarro departed Frementle, Australia for her third war patrol.
23 Oct 1944 After dark, USS Guitarro spotted the Japanese Center Force sailing toward the Philippine Islands and tracked this fleet through the Mindoro Strait.
30 Oct 1944 USS Guitarro made rendezvous with submarines USS Bream and USS Raton. After sundown, the wolfpack began attacking a Japanese convoy off Cape Bolinao, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
31 Oct 1944 USS Guitarro fired eight torpedoes at 0847 hours at the Japanese convoy that she had been attacking since the previous day; six torpedoes made contact, and Guitarro claimed three sinkings, although only one sinking was confirmed.
4 Nov 1944 USS Guitarro and USS Bream shared the credit for the sinking of Japanese cargo ship Kagu Maru off Luzon, Philippine Islands.
16 Nov 1944 USS Guitarro arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her third war patrol.
11 Dec 1944 USS Guitarro departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol.
17 Dec 1944 USS Guitarro transited the Lombok Strait between the islands of Bali and Lombok, Dutch East Indies.
17 Jan 1945 USS Guitarro arrvied at Mios Woendi, Biak Islands, Dutch East Indies and received repairs.
18 Feb 1945 USS Guitarro sank a Japanese transport, hitting her with all of the three torpedoes fired.
15 Mar 1945 USS Guitarro arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol.
9 Apr 1945 USS Guitarro departed Fremantle, Australia for her fifth and final war patrol.
27 May 1945 USS Guitarro arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands.
28 May 1945 USS Guitarro departed Saipan, Mariana Islands.
8 Jun 1945 USS Guitarro arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fifth and final war patrol.
18 Jun 1945 USS Guitarro arrived at San Franciso, California, United States.
6 Dec 1945 USS Guitarro was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States.
6 Feb 1952 USS Guitarro was recommissioned into service.
10 Sep 1953 USS Guitarro completed her training duties.
22 Sep 1953 USS Guitarro was decommissioned from service.
15 May 1954 USS Guitarro was recommissioned into service to train Turkish sailors.
7 Aug 1954 USS Guitarro was decommissioned from service; on the same day, she was transferred to Turkey as submarine Preveze (S 22).
1 Jan 1972 Submarine Guitarro was struck from the US Naval Register as she was sold to Turkey, with which country she had been operating since 1954.
4 May 1972 Submarine Preveze (S 340) was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

Submarine Guitarro, possibly on Lake Michigan, United States, early 1944USS Guitarro underway, 1944-1945Submarine Guitarro underway, 1945Inactivated submarines at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, early 1946
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. James says:
11 Sep 2016 12:41:22 PM

I was wondering if anyone visiting/updating this page would have any information on the crew of SS-363 USS Guitarro. My mothers father served as an officer, V.Cmdr Arthur H. Farr, on this vessel. If you have any documents or pictures email me, I would be in your debt.
2. Anonymous says:
14 Jan 2017 05:23:57 AM

My dad served on the USS Guitarro. He was radioman second class. He was a proud Navy man

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Submarine Guitarro, possibly on Lake Michigan, United States, early 1944
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