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USS Gunnel

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-253
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down21 Jul 1941
Launched17 May 1942
Commissioned20 Aug 1942
Decommissioned18 May 1946
Displacement1549 tons standard; 2463 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour Hooven-Owens-Rentschler diesel engines (5,400shp), four General Electric electric motors (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Bunkerage97,140gal fuel oil
Speed21 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 Speed9 knots

Contributor:

ww2dbaseUSS Gunnel was commissioned into service in May 1942 with Lieutenant Commander John S. McCain, Jr., son of Rear Admiral John S. McCain, Sr. and father of the future US Senator John S. McCain III. Her first war patrol saw her attached to the invasion fleet for Operation Torch, during which she conducted a pre-invasion reconnaissance mission and used infra-red signals to guide invasion ships to one of the invasion beaches. En route between Scotland, United Kingdom and the east coast of the United States, one of her four main diesel engines failed, which led to a major overhaul Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States before she was able to rejoin the war effort. Starting with her second war patrol, which began in May 1943, she served in the Pacific Ocean. Her first sinking was achieved on 15 Jun 1943 when she sank Japanese cargo ship Kayo Maru in the East China Sea off Jeju Island, Korea. She would embark on a total of eight war patrols in her career, four of which were considered successful, during which she was credited with six sinkings. The Pacific War ended as she was refitting at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. She was decommissioned in 1946 and was sold for scrap in 1959.

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USS Gunnel Operational Timeline

21 Jul 1941 The keel of submarine Gunnel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States.
17 May 1942 Submarine Gunnel was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks Ben Morell.
20 Aug 1942 USS Gunnel was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander John S. McCain, Jr. in command.
19 Oct 1942 USS Gunnel started her first war patrol.
6 Nov 1942 USS Gunnel conducted reconnaissance in Fedhala Roads off French North Africa.
8 Nov 1942 USS Gunnel used infra-red signals to guide ships to a invasion beach in Operation Torch.
7 Dec 1942 USS Gunnel ended her first war patrol and departed North African waters.
28 May 1943 USS Gunnel started her second war patrol.
15 Jun 1943 USS Gunnel sank Japanese cargo ship Kayo Maru in the East China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 7 torpedoes fired.
19 Jun 1943 USS Gunnel sank Japanese cargo ship Tokiwa Maru in the East China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired She also claimed 1 torpedo hit (of 2 fired) on a Japanese destroyer, but the sinking was not confirmed.
3 Jul 1943 USS Gunnel ended her second war patrol.
2 Aug 1943 USS Gunnel began a period of overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States.
31 Oct 1943 USS Gunnel completed a period of overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States.
17 Nov 1943 USS Gunnel started her third war patrol.
2 Dec 1943 USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese carrier in the Pacific Ocean; all 4 torpedoes missed.
4 Dec 1943 USS Gunnel sank Japanese passenger-cargo ship Hiyoshi Maru in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with 4 of 4 torpedoes.
7 Jan 1944 USS Gunnel ended her third war patrol.
5 Feb 1944 USS Gunnel departed Midway Atoll for her fourth war patrol.
6 Apr 1944 USS Gunnel arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol.
3 May 1944 USS Gunnel started her fifth war patrol.
4 Jul 1944 USS Gunnel ended her fifth war patrol.
29 Jul 1944 USS Gunnel started her sixth war patrol.
18 Aug 1944 USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese transport with her deck gun in the South China Sea, causing no damage.
20 Aug 1944 USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 9 torpedoes missed.
22 Aug 1944 USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 6 torpedoes missed.
22 Sep 1944 USS Gunnel ended her sixth war patrol.
21 Oct 1944 USS Gunnel started her seventh war patrol.
8 Nov 1944 USS Gunnel sank Japanese motor torpedo boat Sagi in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired.
17 Nov 1944 USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinking passenger-cargo ship Shunten Maru and damaging several ships; 16 torpedoes were expended during this attack, 7 of which scored hits.
1 Dec 1944 USS Gunnel embarked 11 US naval aviators at Palawan, Philippine Islands.
28 Dec 1944 USS Gunnel ended her seventh war patrol.
13 Jun 1945 USS Gunnel started her eighth war patrol.
9 Jul 1945 USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese submarine south of Japan; all 4 torpedoes missed.
24 Jul 1945 USS Gunnel arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her eighth war patrol.
18 May 1946 USS Gunnel was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States.
1 Aug 1958 Submarine Gunnel was struck from the US Naval Register.
17 Jul 1959 Submarine Gunnel was sold to the firm Luria Bros. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States for scrapping.
1 Aug 1959 The firm Luria Bros. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States took control of submarine Gunnel.

Photographs

Submarine Gunnel at sea off Groton, Connecticut, United States, 17 May 1942Two submarines of US Navy Submarine Squadron 50 at Rosneath, Scotland, United Kingdom, circa 7 Dec 1942; sub possibilities were USS Barb, USS Blackfish, USS Herring, USS Shad, USS Gunnel, and USS Gurnard
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
16 May 2013 02:43:39 AM

Oh no! Not ANOTHER US Navy submarine. Why can't we have something a little bigger as a feature article occasionally? (HMS Nelson or HMS Rodney perhaps).
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
16 May 2013 07:58:40 PM

Alan - Challenge accepted! Will prepare for RN battleships shortly!

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Submarine USS Gunnel (SS-253) Photo Gallery
Submarine Gunnel at sea off Groton, Connecticut, United States, 17 May 1942Two submarines of US Navy Submarine Squadron 50 at Rosneath, Scotland, United Kingdom, circa 7 Dec 1942; sub possibilities were USS Barb, USS Blackfish, USS Herring, USS Shad, USS Gunnel, and USS Gurnard
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