Allied Warships

Pilotfish (SS-386)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS pilotfish as completed.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant386 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down15 May 1943 
Launched30 Aug 1943 
Commissioned16 Dec 1943 
End service29 Aug 1946 
History

Decommissioned 29 August 1946.
Stricken 25 February 1947.
Used as a target at Bikini in 1946.
Raised and sunk as a target 16 October 1948 off Eniwetok.

 

Commands listed for USS Pilotfish (386)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Robert Hamilton Close, USN16 Dec 19431 Oct 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Alan George Schnable, USN1 Oct 194413 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Pilotfish include:


29 Mar 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Close) departed from New London bound for Pearl Harbor.

16 May 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Close) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol west of the Mariana Islands.

4 Jul 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Close) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.

27 Jul 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Close) departed from Majuro for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Bonin Islands.

1 Sep 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Close) possibly sank the Japanese auxiliary vessel Ina Maru (853 GRT) north-northwest of Chichi Jima in position 30°32'N, 140°55'E.

14 Sep 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Close) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

14 Oct 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Schnable) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

10 Dec 1944
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Schnable) ended her 3rd war patrol at Midway.

20 Jan 1945
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Schnable) departed from Midway for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

25 Mar 1945
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Schnable) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

21 May 1945
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Schnable) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Marcus Island.

20 Jun 1945
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Schnable) departed from Saipan after a short stay to resume her 5th war patrol, this time off the east coast of Japan.

14 Jul 1945
USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Schnable) ended her 5th war patrol at Guam.

9 Aug 1945
USS Pilotfish (Cdr. A.G. Schnable) departed from Guam for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the south-east of Japan.

31 Aug 1945
USS Pilotfish (Cdr. A.G. Schnable) enters Tokyo Bay.

3 Sep 1945
USS Pilotfish (Cdr. A.G. Schnable) departed from Tokyo Bay bound for Pearl Harbor.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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