CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-411
BuilderMare Island Navy Yard


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28 Jan 1945 USS Spadefish attacked a Japanese convoy in the southern Yellow Sea and sank Sanuki Maru.
4 Jul 1945 Five of the eight surviving submarines of Operation Barney's Hydeman's Hellcats arrived safely at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: USS Flying Fish, Spadefish, Tinosa, Bowfin, and Skate. All nine submarine captains from Hydeman's Hellcats received the Navy Cross, or gold star in lieu thereof, for this patrol.


Carrier Independence under overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 11 Jul 1943; note hulls of submarines Spadefish and Trepang nearbyCertificate for the Distinguished Order of the Mighty Mine Dodgers issued to all officers and men of the eight returning submarines from the dangerous passage into and out of the Sea of Japan, May and Jun 1945.Five of HydemanFive of Hydeman
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Tessie says:
13 Feb 2019 09:16:40 AM

I have a very old book:
Ships History Log Book of the USS Spadefish SS411 - wanting to sell or just get more information on.
2. Maury says:
15 Jun 2019 09:29:51 PM

I'm the grandson of a Spadefish sailor, all of the sailors aboard when the boat returned to Mare Island in 1945 received a copy of the ships logs, this was a arranged by one of the sailors bartering with the employees at Mare Island.
Are you a relative of a Spadefish sailor?
3. Laura Lee Powers says:
1 Nov 2021 11:23:40 AM

My father was on the Spadefish from the beginning to the end of WW 11. He, my mom, and I attended the commissioning of the new Spade in Newport News in the summer of 1969. He was involved in bringing some of the Spade crew together for other gatherings.
Those sailors did, or would, give their lives for our country. They were so brave AND devoted. I am so proud to have been the daughter of a submariner

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Carrier Independence under overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 11 Jul 1943; note hulls of submarines Spadefish and Trepang nearby
See all 12 photographs of Submarine Spadefish (SS-411)

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