Allied Warships

Herring (SS-233)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Herring off Hunters Point Dry Dock, San Francisco, California on 14 October 1943

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant233 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered28 Jun 1940 
Laid down14 Jul 1941 
Launched15 Jan 1942 
Commissioned4 May 1942 
Lost1 Jun 1944 
Loss position48.00N, 153.00E
History

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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CommanderFromTo
1Lt Cmdr Raymond Wilber Johnson, USN4 May 19425 Mar 1943
2Lt Cmdr John Corbus, USN5 Mar 194313 Apr 1943
3Cmdr Raymond Wilber Johnson, USN13 Apr 19436 Feb 1944
4David Zabriskie, Jr., USN6 Feb 19441 Jun 1944

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Noteable 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.

Media links


The Last Patrol

Holmes, Harry


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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