Corvina file photo [11203]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-226
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down21 Sep 1942
Launched9 May 1943
Commissioned6 Aug 1943
Displacement1,549 tons standard; 2,463 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-248 V-16 diesel engines (5,400shp), four General Electric electric motors with reduction gears (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries
Speed21 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots surfaced, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x76mm deck gun
Submerged Speed9 knots


ww2dbaseTwo months after commissioning, USS Corvina arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States for front line service. Her first and only war patrol began on 4 Nov 1943. Two days later, she arrived at Johnson Atoll west of Hawaii to receive fuel before sailing toward Truk in the Caroline Islands. Communications with USS Corvina was lost after she departed Johnson Atoll. Post-war study of Japanese records found that Japanese submarine I-176 launched three torpedoes at an enemy submarine south of Truk on 17 Nov (17 Nov Tokyo Time; still 16 Nov in the US), claiming two hits; it was possible that this particular target was USS Corvina, and if so, USS Corvina would be the only US submarine to be sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Pacific War.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Oct 2010

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Submarines Bonefish, Cod, Cero, and Corvina under construction at the Electric Boat Co. yard, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 7 Mar 1943Launching of USS Corvina at the Electric Boat Company yard, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 9 Mar 1943

Corvina Operational Timeline

21 Sep 1942 The keel of the future US Navy submarine Corvina was laid down at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States.
9 May 1943 USS Corvina was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. R. W. Christie.
6 Aug 1943 USS Corvina was commissioned into service with Commander Roderick S. Rooney in command.
18 Sep 1943 USS Corvina departed Groton, Connecticut, United States.
14 Oct 1943 USS Corvina arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
4 Nov 1943 USS Corvina departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first and only war patrol.
6 Nov 1943 USS Corvina received fuel at Johnston Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
16 Nov 1943 The US submarine Corvina was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-176 south of Truk, Caroline Islands. I-176 launched three Type95 torpedoes with two hitting Corvina. All 82 aboard Corvina were lost.
17 Nov 1943 Japanese submarine I-176 fired three Type 95 torpedoes at an un-identified enemy submarine south of Truk in the Caroline Islands, claiming two hits. The target was believed to be USS Corvina.
14 Mar 1944 The US Navy announced that USS Corvina was missing and presumed lost with 82 aboard.

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16 Oct 2017 02:54:20 PM

Does anybody know how much of the book Mascot of the Melroy (a destroyer, book set in WW2 and apparently written by a sailor (Keith Robertson dedicates his book "to my mother and father who raised a sailor on the prairies" is true to life? I read and re-read this book as a kid. I had 9 members of my family in WW2, including sailors, but they are all gone now.
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To Anonymous (above):
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