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USS Flying Fish

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-229
BuilderPortsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down6 Dec 1940
Launched9 Jul 1941
Commissioned10 Dec 1941
Decommissioned28 May 1954
Displacement1549 tons standard; 2463 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour Fairbanks-Morse Model 38D8-? 9-cylinder diesel engines (5,400shp), four high-speed Elliott electric motors with reduction gears (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Bunkerage94,000 gallons of oil
Speed20 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, 2x 50cal machine guns, 2x 30cal machine guns
Submerged Speed8.75 knots

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ww2dbaseUSS Flying Fish was commissioned into US naval service three days after the United States declared war on the Axis powers. She embarked on her first war patrol on 17 May 1942 out of Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii in waters west of Midway Atoll in anticipation of the Japanese attack that would result in the Battle of Midway; she did not see action during the battle. On 28 Aug, during her second war patrol off Truk, Caroline Islands, she detected a Japanese fleet centered around battleship Yamato; she made a torpedo attack and dove, surviving three rounds of counterattacks for the remainder of the day; she reported two detonations, but no Japanese warships sustained damage during this attack. On 2 Sep, she attacked a Japanese ship off Truk and for the first time experienced the faulty detonator woe that had haunted other American submariners early in the Pacific War. Her fifth war patrol was among her more successful patrols, during which she sank several Japanese freighters deep in Japanese home island waters. She conducted twelve war patrols during WW2. After the war, USS Flying Fish was shifted to New London, Connecticut, United States and generally served as a training submarine, making cruises in Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, and off the Virginia Capes on the east coast of the United States. She also served with the Underwater Sound Laboratory for the testing of new sonar systems. In 1952, she became the first American submarine to make 5,000 dives. She was decommissioned from service in 1954 and was sold for scrap in 1959.

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USS Flying Fish Operational Timeline

6 Dec 1940 The keel of submarine Flying Fish was laid down by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States.
9 Jul 1941 Submarine Flying Fish was launched at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Admiral Husband Kimmel.
10 Dec 1941 USS Flying Fish was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Glynn Donaho in command.
2 May 1942 USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
17 May 1942 USS Flying Fish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol.
9 Jun 1942 USS Flying Fish arrived at Midway Atoll for refitting.
11 Jun 1942 USS Flying Fish completed refitting at Midway Atoll and departed for Japanese waters.
17 Jun 1942 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese tanker in the Pacific Ocean with 2 of 7 torpedoes fired.
1 Jul 1942 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese transport off Taiwan; all 3 torpedoes fired missed.
3 Jul 1942 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese destroyer off Taiwan, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired.
25 Jul 1942 USS Flying Fish arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her first war patrol.
15 Aug 1942 USS Flying Fish departed Midway Atoll for her second war patrol.
28 Aug 1942 USS Flying Fish detected Japanese battleship Yamato on the horizon in the Caroline Islands and attacked in failure; she fired 4 torpedoes and recorded 2 hits, but Japanese records revealed that all torpedoes missed. She also fired 3 torpedoes at a destroyer, all of which missed. She endured three rounds of counterattacks for the remainder of the day.
29 Aug 1942 USS Flying Fish successfully escaped Japanese destroyers that had detected her presence on the previous day in Caroline Islands area.
2 Sep 1942 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese ship off Truk, Caroline Islands; both torpedoes fired hit the target, but none detonated. She was damaged during the counterattack.
3 Sep 1942 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese patrol craft off Truk, Caroline Islands, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired.
4 Sep 1942 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese patrol craft off Truk, Caroline Islands with a torpedo, which missed; she sustained a depth charge attack.
15 Sep 1942 USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol.
27 Oct 1942 USS Flying Fish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her third war patrol.
14 Nov 1942 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese cruiser in the Pacific Ocean; all six torpedoes fired missed.
4 Dec 1942 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese destroyer in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired and claimed a sinking.
8 Dec 1942 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese destroyer in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired and claimed a sinking.
16 Dec 1942 USS Flying Fish arrived at Brisbane, Australia, ending her third war patrol.
6 Jan 1943 USS Flying Fish departed Brisbane, Australia for her fourth war patrol.
26 Jan 1943 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese freighter in Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired.
6 Feb 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport in the Sunharon Roadstead off Tinian, Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. After sundown, she attacked a destroyer in the same area; the 1 torpedo fired missed.
16 Feb 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese freighter in the Mariana Islands, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired.
28 Feb 1943 USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fourth war patrol.
24 Mar 1943 USS Flying Fish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her fifth war patrol.
12 Apr 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese freighter off the coast of Honshu, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired.
13 Apr 1943 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese freighter off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired.
15 Apr 1943 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese freighter off Japan, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired; the Japanese ship beached to prevent sinking.
17 Apr 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese freighter off Japan, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired.
24 Apr 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese cargo ship in the Tsugaru Strait between Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired.
1 May 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese freighter off Japan, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired; she survived a heavy depth charge counterattack.
11 May 1943 USS Flying Fish arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her fifth war patrol.
2 Jun 1943 USS Flying Fish departed for her sixth war patrol with a new commanding officer, Captain Frank Watkins.
10 Jun 1943 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese transport off Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired.
2 Jul 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese cargo ship off Taiwan, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired.
11 Jul 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Western Pacific.
27 Jul 1943 USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her sixth war patrol.
4 Oct 1943 USS Flying Fish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her seventh war patrol with Lieutenant Commander Glynn Donaho in command.
18 Oct 1943 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese escort carrier in the Western Pacific, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired.
27 Oct 1943 USS Flying Fish sank two Japanese transports east of the Philippine Islands in two separate attacks, hitting them with 3 of 10 torpedoes fired.
28 Oct 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport east of the Philippine Islands, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired; she attacked another transport of the same convoy four hours later in failure, with all 3 torpedoes fired missing.
6 Nov 1943 USS Flying Fish arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her seventh war patrol.
30 Nov 1943 USS Flying Fish departed for her eighth war patrol with Lieutenant Commander R. D. Risser in command.
16 Dec 1943 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese cargo ship off Luzon, Philippine Islands, hitting her with 3 of 3 torpedoes fired.
27 Dec 1943 USS Flying Fish pursued a Japanese tanker west of Luzon, Philippine Islands for about 10 hours, finally sinking her after scoring a total of 6 torpedo hits; a total of 10 torpedoes were expended.
28 Jan 1944 USS Flying Fish ended her eighth war patrol.
22 Feb 1944 USS Flying Fish departed for her ninth war patrol.
12 Mar 1944 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport in the Western Pacific, hitting her with 2 of 2 torpedoes fired.
15 Mar 1944 USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese tanker off Okinawa, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. She would pursue the tanker into the next day.
16 Mar 1944 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport and damaged a tanker off Okinawa, Japan, hitting them with 3 of 10 torpedoes fired.
30 Mar 1944 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese transport off Okinawa, Japan; all 4 torpedoes fired missed.
31 Mar 1944 USS Flying Fish was attacked by a Japanese submarine; she was able to evade the torpedoes fired at her.
1 Apr 1944 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport off Okinawa, Japan, hitting her with 2 of 2 torpedoes fired.
11 Apr 1944 USS Flying Fish arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands, ending her ninth war patrol.
4 May 1944 USS Flying Fish departed Majuro, Marshall Islands for her tenth war patrol.
24 May 1944 USS Flying Fish attempted to attack a Japanese convoy; all 4 torpedoes fired missed. She was detected and was subjected to a depth charge counterattack.
25 May 1944 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport and damaged another transport at dawn off the Philippine Islands, hitting them with 4 of 4 torpedoes fired.
15 Jun 1944 USS Flying Fish detected a Japanese carrier force and reported the information to fellow submarines; this would lead to the sinking of carrier Shokaku by USS Cavalla several days later.
23 Jun 1944 USS Flying Fish set sail for Manus, Australian New Guinea.
5 Jul 1944 USS Flying Fish arrived at Brisbane, Australia, ending her tenth war patrol.
1 Aug 1944 USS Flying Fish departed Brisbane, Australia for her eleventh war patrol.
22 Aug 1944 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese transport in the Dutch East Indies; all 3 torpedoes fired missed.
29 Aug 1944 USS Flying Fish arrived at Mios Woendi, Schouten Islands, Dutch East Indies for refueling.
1 Sep 1944 USS Flying Fish departed Mios Woendi, Schouten Islands, Dutch East Indies.
7 Sep 1944 USS Flying Fish reported a new Japanese airfield at Celebes, Dutch East Indies and reported this discovery.
18 Oct 1944 USS Flying Fish arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her eleventh war patrol.
18 May 1945 USS Flying Fish arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands.
29 May 1945 USS Flying Fish departed Guam, Mariana Islands for her twelfth war patrol.
7 Jun 1945 USS Flying Fish entered the Sea of Japan.
10 Jun 1945 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese cargo ship off the coast of Korea in the Sea of Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired.
11 Jun 1945 USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport off the coast of Korea in the Sea of Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired.
13 Jun 1945 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese transport in the Sea of Japan; all 6 torpedoes fired missed.
15 Jun 1945 USS Flying Fish sank ten small Japanese sail vessels with gunfire in the Sea of Japan and forced another two to beach to prevent sinking.
20 Jun 1945 USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese transport in the Sea of Japan; all 3 torpedoes fired missed.
4 Jul 1945 USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her twelfth war patrol.
21 Sep 1945 USS Flying Fish arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States to serve as the flagship of Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet.
29 Nov 1950 USS Flying Fish was reclassified an auxiliary research submarine and her designation changed from SS-229 to AGSS-229.
11 Jan 1951 USS Flying Fish was relieved as the flagship of Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet.
29 Feb 1952 USS Flying Fish became the first American submarine to make 5,000 dives; Secretary of the Navy Dan Kimball was aboard for this occasion.
31 Dec 1953 USS Flying Fish was placed in reserve.
28 May 1954 USS Flying Fish was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States.
1 Aug 1958 Submarine Flying Fish was struck from the US Naval Register.
1 May 1959 Submarine Flying Fish was sold for scrap.

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Launching of submarine Flying Fish, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 9 Jul 1941, photo 1 of 2Launching of submarine Flying Fish, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 9 Jul 1941, photo 2 of 2Submarine Flying Fish shortly after launching, with tugs Yaqui and Pennacook, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 9 Jul 1941Look out aboard USS Flying Fish, 1944-1945
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Ken Stange says:
26 Sep 2012 08:30:08 PM

I'm desperately looking for a copy of a letter that was sent to the members of the SS229 Flying Fish Sub. The letter was from a Japanese prisoner of war who wrote and thanked the members of the flying fish for their decent treatment after he was captured and brought aboard. If anyone knows someone with a copy I would love a copy of it. Thanks Ken
2. ROBERT RAGSDALE-RINGSTAD says:
3 Aug 2016 07:18:45 AM

I'm wondering if you served with my Dad...Earl Ragsdale (Glenn Earl Ragsdale)? I remember him telling a war story about a Japanese prisoner on the boat.
3. Jeff michon says:
19 Jan 2017 11:49:48 PM

My grandfather W.H. "BILLY" Michon was on this sub.

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