USS S-39

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassS-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-144


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USS S-39 Operational Timeline

4 Mar 1942 USS S-39 (SS-144; Lieutenant J. W. Coe) damaged Japanese fleet oiler Erimo south of Belitung Island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in the Dutch East Indies. Erimo's commanding officer, Captain Soma, beached Erimo on Bali Island to prevent sinking. The light cruiser Yura rescued survivors, but four crewmen were lost. Erimo was abandoned as a constructive total loss.
20 May 1942 American submarine USS S-39 conducted a reconnaissance mission at the Deboyne Islands north of New Guinea.
14 Aug 1942 USS S-39 ran aground and became stuck off Rossel Island of the Louisiade Archipelago 200 kilometers southeast of Australian Papua.


S-39 in China, possibly Qingdao in Shandong Province, early 1930sMen of US Navy Submarine Squadron 5 keeping score of sinkings aboard USS Griffin, 7 Jan 1943; the squadron operated out of Brisbane, Australia

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S-39 in China, possibly Qingdao in Shandong Province, early 1930s
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