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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
    Pearl Harbor 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 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 from them which inadvertently created high morale The military was so influenced by this art that

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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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  • History of USS 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

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  • Bowfin.org
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  • Patrol Summary
    1943 Ogurasan Maru Tanker 5 069 12 48N 109 34E W T Griffith 26 Nov 1943 Tainan Maru Cargo 5 407 13 02N 109 28E W T Griffith 27 Nov 1943 Van Vollenhoven Cargo 691 13 01N 109 30E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Sydney Maru Passenger Cargo 5 425 12 46N 109 42E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Tonan Maru Tanker 9 866 12 46N 109 42E W T Griffith 17 Jan 1944 Shoyu Shoyo Maru Cargo 4 408 18 00N 118 37E W T Griffith 10 Mar 1944 Tsukikawa Maru Cargo 4 470 1 30N 128 17E W T Griffith 24 Mar 1944 Shinkyo Maru Cargo 5 139 5 27N 125 38E W T Griffith 24 Mar 1944 Bengal Maru Cargo 5 399 5 27N 125 38E W T Griffith 22 Aug 1944 Tsushima Maru Passenger Cargo 6 754 29 32N 129 31E J Corbus 17 Feb 1945 Coast Defense Vessel No 56 Frigate 750 33 53N 139 43E A K Tyree 1 May 1945 Chowa Maru Passenger Cargo 2 719 41 06N 144 28E A K Tyree 8 May 1945 Daito Maru No 3 Cargo 880 39 37N 142 07E A K Tyree 11 Jun 1945 Shinyo Maru No 3 Passenger Cargo 1 898 39 23N 128 59E A K Tyree 13 Jun 1945 Akiura Maru Cargo 887 39 13N 128 07E A K Tyree Totals 16 Vessels for 67 882 tons sunk According to research done by CDR John Alden USN Ret as published in the Second Edition of his United States and Allied Submarine Successes in the Pacific and Far East During World War II Bowfin s war record could be updated as follows Date Name of Vessel Type of Vessel Tonnage Location Commanding Officer 25 Sep 1943 Kirishima Maru Passenger Cargo 8 267 9 44N 111 56E J H Willingham 26 Nov 1943 Ogurasan Maru Tanker 5 069 12 48N 109 34E W T Griffith 26 Nov 1943 Tainan Maru Cargo 5 407 13 02N 109 28E W T Griffith 26 Nov 1943 Beryl Vichy French Passenger Cargo 671 South China Sea W T Griffith 27 Nov 1943 Van Vollenhoven Vichy French Cargo 691 13 01N 109 30E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Tonan Maru Tanker 9 866 12 46N 109 42E W T Griffith 28 Nov 1943 Sydney Maru Passenger Cargo 5 428 12 46N 109 42E W T Griffith 17 Jan 1944 Shoyo Maru Cargo 4 408 18 00N 118 37E W T Griffith 10 Mar 1944 Tsukikawa Maru Cargo 4 673 1 30N 128 17E W T Griffith 24 Mar 1944 Bengal Maru Cargo 5 399 5 27N 125 38E W T Griffith 24 Mar 1944 Shinkyo Maru Transport 2 672 5 27N 125 38E W T Griffith 14 May 1944 Miyama Maru Cargo 4 667 08 55N 133 42E J Corbus 10 Aug 1944 Seiyo Maru Transport 197 Minami Daito J Corbus 22 Aug 1944 Tsushima Maru Passenger Cargo 6 754 29 32N 129 31E J Corbus

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  • Launching and Commissioning
    of the class was to bear the name USS Bowfin SS 287 Her keel was laid on 23 July 1942 Construction proceeded smoothly and Bowfin was launched at Portsmouth actually located in Kittery Maine on 7 December 1942 exactly one year after the Pearl Harbor attack Because of this historic coincidence and in hopes of future success against the enemy she was appropriately dubbed the Pearl Harbor Avenger Bowfin was christened by Mrs Jane Gawne wife of Captain James Orville Gawne After a period of fitting out Bowfin neared the ceremony marking her acceptance into the U S Navy Her commissioning party was held on 24 April 1943 at the Pannaway Club in New London followed a week later by her formal Commissioning Ceremony held on her main deck on the first of May Commander Joseph Harris Willingham USN reads his orders taking command of USS Bowfin SS 287 on 1 May 1943 Bowfin the fish USS Bowfin takes her name from the hard fighting aggressive and voracious fish found in fresh water from the Great Lakes on south As the last survivor of the family Amiidae which dates back to the Jurassic Period this living fossil is at home in backwaters and marshy areas Due to its ability to use its swim bladder as a primitive lung it thrives in water with low oxygen content and can survive for days at a time in little or no water Hardly a more appropriate name could have been found for an air breathing diesel boat this one soon to be legendary in the submarine force for her bold determination and insatiable appetite for enemy shipping 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

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  • Patrol 1
    steamer failed due to approaching darkness and radical target maneuvers Two small vessels one carrying about 100 enemy soldiers were sunk on 30 September and a 2 masted schooner was sunk on 2 October all by 4 50 caliber gunfire during the end of patrol return voyage through the Celebes Sea Two secret missions were accomplished during this first patrol The first secret mission involved delivering medical supplies radio transmitters ammunition money etc to Philippine guerrilla fighters after rendezvousing with them close offshore in Liaugan Bay Mindanao The second secret mission occurred on a return voyage from the South China Sea at the same Liaugan Bay location Bowfin took aboard nine guerrillas selected by their superior officers to be transported to Australia One of the guerrillas was Edward M Kuder a well known superintendent of schools on Mindanao Another was Samuel C Grashio a U S Army Air Corps fighter pilot prior to his capture on Bataan Grashio had survived the infamous Death March to be confined in three different Japanese prison camps before finally escaping from the Davao Penal Colony with a group of 10 P O W s and two Philippine convicts and then joining the guerrillas USS Bowfin was underway for 14 430 miles during her first patrol Commanding Officer Willingham and higher authorities believed USS Bowfin sank 23 753 tons three large vessels plus two small craft The post war Joint Army Navy Assessment Committee JANAC credited USS Bowfin with sinking only 8 120 tons one large vessel of that tonnage plus two small craft For this patrol CDR Willingham was awarded a second gold star in lieu of his third Navy Cross and the boat was awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Change of Command 26 October 1943 CDR Willingham was relieved by LCDR Walter

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