Submarine of the Gato class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Portsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||28 Jun 1940|
|Laid down||14 Jul 1941|
|Launched||15 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||4 May 1942|
|Lost||1 Jun 1944|
|Loss position||48° 00'N, 153° 00'E|
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. David Zabriskie, Jr.) was sunk on 1 June 1944 by Japanese shore batteries in position 48º00'N, 153º00'E after sinking 2 Japanese ships at anchor at Matsuwa Island, Kuriles.
Commands listed for USS Herring (233)
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|1||Lt Cmdr Raymond Wilber Johnson, USN||4 May 1942||5 Mar 1943|
|2||Lt Cmdr John Corbus, USN||5 Mar 1943||13 Apr 1943|
|3||Cmdr Raymond Wilber Johnson, USN||13 Apr 1943||6 Feb 1944|
|4||David Zabriskie, Jr., USN||6 Feb 1944||1 Jun 1944|
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Notable events involving Herring include:
8 Nov 1942
While on her 1st war patrol USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson) torpedoed and sank the Vichy-French merchant Ville du Havre (5083 GRT) east of Casablanca, Morocco in position 33°34'N, 07°52'W.
25 Nov 1942
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson) ended her 1st war patrol at Roseneath, Scotland.
9 Aug 1943
After Herring had made 5 war patrols out of Britain, she returned to the United States on 26 July 1943. She departed New London for the Pacific on 9 August 1943.
15 Nov 1943
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea.
14 Dec 1943
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hakozaki Maru (3948 GRT) north-east of Shanghai, China in position 33°01'N, 124°01'E.
1 Jan 1944
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese aircraft transport Nagoya Maru (6071 GRT, offsite link) some 220 miles south-south-west of Tokyo Bay in position 32°10'N, 138°37'E.
16 May 1944
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Kuril Islands.
21 May 1944
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) topped up with fuel at Midway.
31 May 1944
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) and USS Barb rendezvous in Sea of Okhotsk some 150 miles west of Matsuwa Island, Kurils, to plan operations against Japanese shipping in the vicinity.
Later that day Herring attacked a convoy sinking the Japanese frigate Ishigaki (860 tons, offsite link) and the Japanese army cargo ship Hokuyo Maru (1590 GRT) west of Matsuwa Island in position 48°00'N, 153°00'E.
1 Jun 1944
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Iwaki Maru (3124 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hiburi Maru (4366 GRT) off Matsuwa Island in position 48°00'N, 153°00'E. Unfortunately Herring is sunk by a Japanese shore battery after this attack.