Allied Warships

Runner (i) (SS-275)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Runner as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant275 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down8 Dec 1941 
Launched30 May 1942 
Commissioned30 Jul 1942 
Lost1 Jul 1943 
History

On 27 May 1943 USS Runner (Lt.Cdr. Joseph Hunt Bourland) departed Midway Island for the Kurile Island chain and waters off northern Japan. No report was heard from her. Runner was declared overdue and presumed lost in July 1943 and struck from the Navy list on 30 October 1943. Most likely she was mined.

The loss date is an approximate one.

 

Commands listed for USS Runner (i) (275)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Frank Wesley Fenno, Jr., USN30 Jul 19426 May 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Joseph Hunt Bourland, USN6 May 19431 Jul 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Runner (i) include:


10 Jan 1943
USS Runner (Cdr. F.W. Fenno) arrived at Pearl Harbor from the US east coast.

18 Jan 1943
USS Runner (Cdr. F.W. Fenno) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area and off the Palau's.

7 Mar 1943
USS Runner (Cdr. F.W. Fenno) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

1 Apr 1943
USS Runner (Cdr. F.W. Fenno) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

20 Apr 1943
USS Runner (Cdr. F.W. Fenno) lays mines off Pedro Blanco Rock near Hong Kong.

24 Apr 1943
USS Runner (Cdr. F.W. Fenno) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army hospital ship Buenos Aires Maru (9625 GRT) in the South China Sea south of Hong Kong in position 21°41'N, 116°24'E.

6 May 1943
USS Runner (Cdr. F.W. Fenno) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

27 May 1943
USS Runner (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Bourland) departed from Midway for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Hokkaido and the Kuril Islands. She is never heard from again.

11 Jun 1943
USS Runner (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Bourland) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Seinan Maru (1338 GRT) off Monomi Zaki, off the north-west coast of Honshu, Japan in position 41°00'N, 141°30'E.

24 Jun 1943
USS Runner (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Bourland) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Shinryu Maru (4935 GRT) off Matsuwa Island, Kuriles in position 48°06'N, 153°15'E.

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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