Burrfish

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-312

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Group portrait of the crew of USS Burrfish, 1943; note commanding officer Lt Cdr William Beckwith Perkins, Jr. front row center and Page Newman Perkins (née Rudd) behind himUSS Burrfish officers during the commissioning ceremony, 14 Sep 1943Commanding officer of USS Burrfish William Beckwith Perkins, Jr. (left), 1943-1944Crew members of USS Burrfish, 1943-1945
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Burrfish Operational Timeline

10 Nov 1944 Submarines USS Silversides, USS Saury, USS Tambor, USS Trigger, USS Sterlet, USS Ronquil, and USS Burrfish departed Saipan as a designated task unit to sweep and destroy Japanese patrol boats between the Bonin Islands and Japan. The unit was commanded by Cdr Thomas "Burt" Klakring aboard Silversides.
15 Nov 1944 While conducting a sweep northward from the Bonin Islands, Wolfpack "Burt's Brooms" made up of submarines USS Silversides, USS Saury, USS Tambor, USS Trigger, USS Sterlet, USS Ronquil, and USS Burrfish open a four-day running gunfight with numerous Japanese patrol boats sinking two and damaging four, including two damaged so badly they see no further service during the war.




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Lance Noble says:
14 Jun 2020 07:19:55 PM

My father served on the Burrfish (SS312). I believe he was a torpedoeman. Looking for any information. Reviewed the photos on this page and could not see him in any.

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Group portrait of the crew of USS Burrfish, 1943; note commanding officer Lt Cdr William Beckwith Perkins, Jr. front row center and Page Newman Perkins (née Rudd) behind him
See all 33 photographs of Submarine Burrfish (SS-312)


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