Allied Warships

Flounder (SS-251)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS flounder as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant251 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down5 Dec 1942 
Launched22 Aug 1943 
Commissioned29 Nov 1943 
End service12 Feb 1947 
History

Decommissioned 12 February 1947.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Stricken and sold for scrap 1 June 1959.

 

Commands listed for USS Flounder (251)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Carl Arthur Johnson, USN29 Nov 19439 May 1944
2T/Cdr. James Edward Stevens, USN3 Jun 19441 May 1945

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Notable events involving Flounder include:


15 Dec 1943
USS Flounder (Cdr. C.A. Johnson, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Newport, Rhode Island for torpedo trials.

18 Dec 1943
With her torpedo trials completed, USS Flounder (Cdr. C.A. Johnson, USN) retured to New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

6 Mar 1944
USS Flounder (Cdr. C.A. Johnson) arrived at Milne Bay, New Guinea from New London.

17 Mar 1944
USS Flounder (Cdr. C.A. Johnson) departed from Milne Bay for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Palau's.

9 May 1944
USS Flounder (Cdr. C.A. Johnson) ended her 1st war patrol at Milne Bay.

3 Jun 1944
USS Flounder (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Stevens) departed from Manus for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Philippine Sea.

17 Jun 1944
USS Flounder (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Stevens) torpedoed and sank the Japanese torpedo recovery vessel Nihonkai Maru (2684 GRT) south of Mindanao, Philippines in position 06°36'N, 127°55'E.

12 Jul 1944
USS Flounder (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Stevens) ended her 2nd war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

1 Aug 1944
USS Flounder (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Stevens) departed from Brisbane for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Philippines.

8 Aug 1944
USS Flounder (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Stevens) topped up with fuel at Manus. She departed from that base the next day.

28 Aug 1944
USS Flounder (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Stevens) called at Mios Woendi to take on additional fuel and provisions. She resumes her 3rd war patrol on 1 September.

4 Oct 1944
USS Flounder (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Stevens) ended her 3rd war patrol at Brisbane.

27 Oct 1944
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

10 Nov 1944
German U-boat U-537 was sunk in the Java Sea east of Soerabaja, in position 07°13'S, 115°17'E, by torpedoes from the US submarine USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens).

21 Nov 1944
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Gyosan Maru (5698 GRT) in the South China Sea in position 10°36'N, 115°08'E. The damaged Japanese ship is later finished off by USS Guavina.

13 Dec 1944
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

7 Jan 1945
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

12 Jan 1945
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) returns to Fremantle to make repairs to her defective fathometer.

14 Jan 1945
With the repairs to her fathometer completed USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) again sailed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol.

22 Feb 1945
During an attack on a Japanese ship USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) is nearly hit by one of her own torpedoes that ran erratically.

23 Feb 1945
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) collides with her sister ship USS Hoe 66 feet beneath the surface. Fortunately neither submarine was seriously damaged.

26 Feb 1945
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) ended her 5th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

16 Mar 1945
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) departed from Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Hainan.

22 Apr 1945
USS Flounder (Cdr. J.E. Stevens) ended her 6th war patrol at Saipan. She was now ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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