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  • History of USS Bowfin
    SS 287 is a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during WWII and helped to make famous the term Silent Service Bowfin was launched on 7 December 1942 exactly one year to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor She was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger so it is fitting that she is permanently homeported at Pearl Harbor Hawaii Patrol Summary On these pages follow her history through nine arduous war patrols filled with hard work frustration courage and triumph Launching and Commissioning Patrol 1 Secret Mission Patrol 2 Presidential Unit Citation Patrol 3 An Admiral Aboard Patrol 4 The Hunter and the Hunted Patrol 5 Tough Luck Patrol 6 Sighted Bus Sank Same Patrol 7 A Cutie Patrol 8 Hell s Bells Patrol 9 Operation Barney Post War Summary Secrets of the Sub Submarine Rescues Submarine Rescues A critical task performed by the US submarine force during World War II was the rescuing of downed pilots and air crews They were so efficient at it that they rescued 520 US airmen from the Pacific Ocean waters One of those rescued went on to become President of the United States Former US President George H W Bush

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  • History of USS Bowfin
    Harbor Avenger USS Bowfin SS 287 is a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during WWII and helped to make famous the term Silent Service Bowfin was launched on 7 December 1942 exactly one year to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor She was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger so it is fitting that she is permanently homeported at Pearl Harbor Hawaii Patrol Summary On these pages follow her history through nine arduous war patrols filled with hard work frustration courage and triumph Launching and Commissioning Patrol 1 Secret Mission Patrol 2 Presidential Unit Citation Patrol 3 An Admiral Aboard Patrol 4 The Hunter and the Hunted Patrol 5 Tough Luck Patrol 6 Sighted Bus Sank Same Patrol 7 A Cutie Patrol 8 Hell s Bells Patrol 9 Operation Barney Post War Summary Secrets of the Sub Vargas Girls Vargas Girls Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his WWII watercolors depicting beautiful pin up girls Varga girls were so popular that many different artists immitated Vargas technique and approach to the female figure an idealized female form eliciting sensuality and seduction During the 1940 s his work was a hit amongst enlisted men who drew inspiration

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  • Crew Roster
    J H EM1 ERVIN N L JR S1 FANTANZO A EM3 FAULKNER P L S2 FLESSNER C J LTJG FLETCHER E T EM3 FORSYTHE R H JR EM3 FRIEDLANDER G H F1 GAITO E CMOMM GARDNER A A TM3 GARRISON J R MOMM3 GILKES T H MOMM1 GILLESPIE C H RM3 GILMORE P D MOMM3 GOSNELL M S MOMM2 GRIFFITH R E CMOMM GRIFFITH W T CDR GRIMM D P MOMM3 GRUBBS J F Y2 HADEN H W PHM1 HADLAND F F1 MOMM HAMLIN N S EM1 HANSEN L C CEM HANSON V I TM2 HARLAN D A F1 HARRINGTON J L MOMM2 HARRIS L B MOMM3 HEALEY J M RT3 HEINZ R L Y1 HESS A W S1 HIGGINS J E CEM PA HILL M E ENS HITE J M SC3 HOLDER J A EM3 HOLMQUIST R W RT1 HOOVER C P ENS HORNE R C SC3 HOWARD H L F2 HUDSON C D RM3 HUGHES W W S2 HULTGREN H LT HURLEY T J Y1 HURST W CTM PA INSKEEP W F S1 IVES D E S2 JACKSON E R RM3 JACKSON T D F1 JACKSON W L MM1 JOHN C L LCDR JOHNSON G B EM2 JOHNSON H N SM2 JOHNSON J D CRT JONES A R SC2 JONES H P F1 MOMM JONES J W EM1 JORDAN W M MOMM3 JUDD F A EM3 KEAR C B F1 KENNEY A P BKR2 KESTECHER G EM2 KING H N JR TM1 KNOCHE E A MOMM2 KNOX J M CMOMM KUHN R R S1 KULIK J P TM2 KURZENTAITES C TM1 LA COUR M W PHOM2 LAMOTHE J N S1 LANCASTER W E S1 LANGFELDT M E S1 LAUNIUS J J RT1 LEE R E TM2 LEWIS V E MM1 LUCKETT J C CMOMM LUNDGREN W E MOMM2 MacFARLANE D G S1 MALLEY T A EN1 MARKHAM J P S1 MARPLE D F MOMM1 MARTIN R A ENS MARTIN W C CMOMM PA MAYS H ST3 McCARRON J D F2 McDONALD E SCM2 McKENZIE J M MOMM1 McKNIGHT G J CMOMM McLAUGHLIN A G F1 McMILLION G J MOMM3 McNEAL D M MOMM3 McNEVEN V MOMM2 MILLER F L TM3 MITCHELL W Y2 MOLLOY L R RT1 MOOERS R E F3 MOORE J L ENS MOSLEY S E CK1 MOUNGER H R QM3 NASH P G GM2 NEELEY E T STM1 NETTLESHIP F W CEM PA NICHOLSON R P LCDR NORTON D RM2 ODOMS E A ST3 OHLUND A V TM3 OLMSTED D L CPHM AA OLSEN R S EM2 ORPUT R J S2 PAINE J F MOMM1 PARKER W H CNM AA PATTERSON R G CEM PERSKE E W CCS PETERS A T F2 PETERSON G G RM2 PIERCE W M EM2 PIROG R J MOMM1 POPPLETON S R S1 PRICE L R S1 RM RANCOURT J R MOMM1 RANDS R C QM3 RASP V R MOMM3 REED C D TM3 REINER M M FC RICHARDSON H R TM1 RITCHIE W L CMOMM ROBINSON W G GM1

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  • Bowfin Specs
    officers 63 enlisted later increased to 80 men 8 officers 72 enlisted DISPLACEMENT 1 810 tons diving trim 2 415 tons submerged LENGTH 311 feet 9 13 16 inches MAXIMUM BEAM 27 feet 3 inches MEAN DRAFT 15 feet 3 inches diving trim FREEBOARD 12 feet 5 inches bow diving trim 3 feet 11 inches stern diving trim PRESSURE HULL MAXIMUM DIAMETER 16 feet 3 8 inch TORPEDO TUBES 6 bow and 4 stern MK 39 TORPEDOES 24 total 14 in reload racks MK 14 3A MK 18 MK 23 and MK 27 GUNS Originally one 4 inch 50 caliber MK 12 and two 20 mms MK 5 Finally one 5 inch 25 caliber MK 40 one 40 mm MK 3 and one 20 mm MK 10 MAIN ENGINES Four General Motors Model 16 278A diesel 16 cylinder V type 2 cycle 8 3 4 bore x 10 1 2 stroke 1 600 BHP developed 750 RPM stbd RH rotation port LH rotation MAIN GENERATORS Four General Electric 1 100 kw 2 650 amps 415 volts propulsion rating 3 600 amps 296 volts battery charging rating MAIN MOTORS Four General Electric 1 375 HP two wire direct current compensated compound shunt series and commutating field windings GEARS Combining and reduction type reverse by reversing input 2 1 375 HP 1 300 RPM inputs 1 2 740 HP 280 RPM output BATTERIES Two 126 cell Exide type SHAFT HORSEPOWER 5 480 MAXIMUM SPEED 20 25 knots surface speed 8 75 knots submerged speed PROPELLERS Two four bladed 8 foot diameter RUDDER One balanced streamlined type Train limits 38 degrees to port and starboard FUEL OIL CAPACITY 54 000 gallons normal 116 000 gallons maximum Secrets of the Sub How Does A Sub Stay So Quiet How do submarines stay so quiet

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  • Subs in Pearl Harbor
    USS Narwhal SS 167 USS Dolphin SS 169 USS Cachalot SS 170 USS Tautog SS 199 Present Day Currently these submarines are homeported in Pearl Harbor Hawaii Commander Submarine Squadron 1 COMSUBRON One USS Bremerton SSN 698 USS Jacksonville SSN 699 USS La Jolla SSN 701 USS Key West SSN 722 USS Charlotte SSN 766 USS Greeneville SSN 772 USS Texas SSN 775 USS Hawaii SSN 776 USS North Carolina SSN 777 Commander Submarine Squadron 7 COMSUBRON Seven USS City of Corpus Christi SSN 705 USS Houston SSN 713 USS Olympia SSN 717 USS Louisville SSN 724 USS Pasadena SSN 752 USS Columbus SSN 762 USS Santa Fe SSN 763 USS Tucson SSN 770 USS Columbia SSN 771 USS Cheyenne SSN 773 Secrets of the Sub Hawaii Themed Submarines Hawaii Themed Submarines USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 was launched on 16 January 1965 and commissioned on 10 December 1965 This submarine holds the name for King Kamehameha the Great It is fitting that one of our submarines bear the name of this striking figure in Hawaiian history His people were intrepid seafarers and knowledge of stars winds and currents still arouse wonder and admiration For much of USS Kamehameha s service she was based in Rota Spain conducting deterrence patrols during the Cold War Commissioning gifts to the submarine are on display at the museum USS Honolulu SSN 718 a Los Angeles class submarine was the third ship of the United States to be named for Honolulu Hawaii She was launched on 24 September 1983 and commissioned on 6 July 1985 Honolulu s patrols are commemorated by ten surfboards signed by the crews aboard her at the time One of the four surfboards held at Bowfin Park is on display in the museum The USS Hawaii SSN 776 is the first

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  • Systems Overview
    WWII Systems Parts Wishlist WWII Systems Systems Overview Torpedo Troubles Sonar Water Distillation Systems Overview Systems Overview Torpedo Troubles America entered World War II with inferior torpedoes that were often erratic ran deeper than they were set and exploded prematurely or not at all Sonar Sonar SO und N avigation A nd R anging is a vital part of a submarine s ability to detect track and attack the enemy Water Distillation Besides the necessity of fresh water for drinking cooking and washing World War II submarines needed distilled water for their battery cells Parts Wishlist Here is a listing of the most wanted parts and equipment for the restoration of the historic World War II submarine USS Bowfin Secrets of the Sub How Does A Sub Stay So Quiet How do submarines stay so quiet Submarines are the ultimate stealth weapon Remaining underwater to attack or use its sensors quietness is critical Through design modern nuclear submarines have equipment mounted on special mounts to isolate the noise from the outside and reduce the noise signature of the sub in the ocean Rotating equipment is checked from the design through operation so it is always quiet and it is immediately

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  • Parts Wishlist
    water 8 1 2 dial 26 176 range Stock No P45 6 35 510 2 Compartment Pressure Gauge 6 dial Stock No P45 6 27 100 3 Inclinometer tube type Trim Angle Indicator MK 4 Mod 0 Stock No G6605 276 9249 1 TBT for bridge complete assembly 2 Diving Alarm Klaxon Type MVII Stock No A 17 C 33966 2 Diving Alarm Contact Maker Type MVII Stock No G6605 494 0805 2 Propellers Clocks Small Battle Lanterns 4 50 Cal Machine Gun 1 40 MM Complete assembly QUANTITY DESIRED IS AS MANY AVAILABLE UNITS AS POSSIBLE SECONDARY PARTS EQUIPMENT WISH LIST Forward Escape Trunk Compartment Pressure Gauge Depth Gauge Lever Handle for drain valve Forward Torpedo Room I D Plates for all torpedo tubes Torpedo Hold down Straps all Dive Angle Indicator and Pointer Regulators for oxygen bottles Screw cap for Charging Unit OBA Canisters Two Battle Lanterns 1 outboard torpedo head Two Lithium Hydroxide Canister Forward Battery Folding Table in Chief s stateroom Conning Tower Bearing and Range Indicator over DRT Drafting Arm for DRT Knob for collision alarm contact maker Magnetic Compass Deep Depth Gauge Shallow Depth Gauge Inclinometer Trim Inclinometer List Control Room Master Gyro Line Bearing Indicator Compartment Pressure Gauge Hydraulic Accumulator Indicator I MC Volume Gauge 3 each Magnetic Compass Diving Alarm Knob Diving Alarm Plate 3 Lithium Hydroxide Canisters Compartment Pressure Gauge After Battery Room Oxygen Regulator Pea Coat locker doors Forward Engine Room Oxygen Regulator Controller for exhaust fan motor M E 1 Fuel Pump M E 2 Fuel Pump 1 Lithium Hydroxide Canister Air Reducer under forward water tight door After Engine Room 1 Battle Lantern Oxygen Regulator One Lithium Hydroxide Canister Maneuvering Room Air Reducer outboard of lathe Oxygen Regulator 2 Lithium Hydroxide Canisters After Torpedo Room Diving Indicator Pointer Stern Diving Gear Auxiliary Tilting Indicator 2 Oxygen Regulators 2 Battle Lanterns Topside Air Whistle horn for superstructure 20mm Gun Magazine Machinegun 50 Cal 4 each Machinegun Mount Adapter MK II 40 MM Complete Assembly Handle for trainer 5 gun P P Bridge Switch Box Aft TBT General Lithium Hydroxide Canisters 12 15 lb 43 each square can type 7 MC 2 each Washing Machine 20 X 20 open end with Wringer American Laundry Machine Co Compass Armored Vehicle Magnetic MK 1 Mod 1 Stock No G6605 494 0805 two Bearing and Range Indicator MK 4 Gyro Compass Repeater MK III Mod 1 7 Barometer Aneroid Dupblx Scale 4 3 4 case Stock No G6685 290 4043 Lock Handle assembly for lockers 10 each Clocks 24 hour six 5 1 2 small clocks Assorted knobs gauges fittings etc Floor Moldings Corners Rocks Shoals Uniform Code of Military Justice UCMJ PARTS WISH LIST FOR GUN AUTOMATIC 40mm M 1 and MOUNT GUN 40mm M 3 NAVY TYPE 2 pieces M 3 Navy type front sight ring 10 pieces Charger clip RAPD 21457A 2 pieces Shell case deflector 1 piece Handle 41 H 1549 522 1 piece Shell ejector 41 E 29

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  • Museum
    On 22 June she began a long chase after another large convoy scoring four hits for six torpedoes fired at two cargo ships that day and three hits for four torpedoes launched against another cargo ship of the same convoy the next day Flier put in to Fremantle Australia to refit between 5 July 1944 and 2 August then sailed on her second war patrol bound for the coast of Indochina On the evening of 13 August as she transited Balabac Strait on the surface she was rocked by a great explosion She sank in 1 minute after striking the mine but 13 officers and men got out of her Eight of them reached the beach of Mantangula Island after 15 hours in the water Friendly natives guided them to a coast watcher who arranged for them to be picked up by submarine and on the night of 30 31 August they were taken on board by Redfin SS 272 Flier s story does not end here On February 1 2010 Commander Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet COMSUBPAC Rear Adm Douglas McAneny announced that a sunken vessel located in the Balabac Strait area of the Philippines is in fact the World War II submarine USS Flier SS 250 The last surviving crew member of Flier Ens Al Jacobson had never given up the search for his lost shipmates Sadly Jacobson passed away in 2008 but his family was determined to continue the search The family provided notes and research to the production company YAP Films which investigates nautical mysteries and Jacobson s son Steve and grandson Nelson participated in the search Led by the father and son team of divers Mike and Warren Fletcher their efforts paid off in the discovery of the vessel in 330 feet of water at approximately the same locaton that Al Jacobson had believed the boat was sunk A memorial ceremony for the men of USS Flier is scheduled to take place on August 12 13 2010 at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum GLNMM located in Muskegon Michigan GLNMM is the home of the historic submarine USS Silversides which is of the same class and general appearance as USS Flier An exhibit dedicated to Flier is also under development at the Museum USS Perch SS 176 USS Perch SS 176 On November 23 2006 a dive group led by Vidar Skoglie found USS Perch SS 176 in the Java Sea north northwest of Surabaya City Java at a depth of 190 feet In December 2006 diver photographer Kevin Denlay sent numerous photos of the wreck to Bowfin Park Her identity has not yet been confirmed by the U S Navy although physical evidence of the vessel s identity appears conclusive USS Ohio Leaps in Submarine Technology USS Ohio SSBN 726 Latest addition to the Cold War arsenal for Strategic Deterrence the Ohio class SSBN is 576 feet long carrying 24 D 5 missiles with multiple independently targeted re entry vehicle warheads that is the

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