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World War II U.S. Submarine List

This page contains what should be a complete list of the American submarines that saw service during World War II. The majority are fleet-type submarines, but a number of older type boats also served, mostly in training and rear-area billets, though many of the S-Boats saw combat, and a number of R-Boats were employed on patrols in low activity areas. Clickable numbers link to the history of that boat. We expect to eventually have articles on every boat that participated in World War II, whether as an active line boat, or in training duty. There are gaps in some of the number sequences, either because the boats were canceled before commissioning, or because, while ordered and laid down during the war, they weren't commissioned until after 2 September 1945 and thus did not see actual service during World War II.

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O-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-63 O-2 1918 Scrapped 1945
SS-64 O-3 1918 Scrapped 1946
SS-65 O-4 1918 Scrapped 1946
SS-67 O-6 1918 Scrapped 1946
SS-68 O-7 1918 Scrapped 1946
SS-69 O-8 1918 Scrapped 1946
SS-71 O-10 1918 Scrapped 1946
 
R-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-78 R-1 1918 Scrapped 1946
SS-79 R-2 1919 Scrapped 1945
SS-80 R-3 1919 Scrapped 1948
SS-81 R-4 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-82 R-5 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-83 R-6 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-86 R-9 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-87 R-10 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-88 R-11 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-89 R-12 1919 Lost June 1943
SS-90 R-13 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-91 R-14 1919 Scrapped 1945
SS-92 R-15 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-93 R-16 1919 Scrapped 1946
SS-94 R-17 1918 Scrapped 1945
SS-95 R-18 1918 Scrapped 1946
SS-96 R-19 1918 To UK, lost in collision June 1942
SS-97 R-20 1919 Scrapped 1946
 
S-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-105 S-1 1920 To UK 1942, Scrapped 1945
SS-116 S-11 1923 Scrapped 1945
SS-117 S-12 1923 Scrapped 1945
SS-118 S-13 1923 Scrapped 1945
SS-119 S-14 1921 Scrapped 1945
SS-120 S-15 1921 Scrapped 1946
SS-121 S-16 1920 Sunk as target 1945
SS-122 S-17 1921 Sunk as target 1945
SS-123 S-18 1924 Scrapped 1946
SS-125 S-20 1922 Scrapped 1946
SS-126 S-21 1923 Sunk as target 1945
SS-127 S-22 1924 Scrapped 1945
SS-128 S-23 1923 Scrapped 1946
SS-129 S-24 1923 Scuttled 1947
SS-130 S-25 1923 To UK, Poland 1941, lost May 1942
SS-131 S-26 1923 Lost January 1942
SS-132 S-27 1924 Lost June 1942
SS-133 S-28 1923 Lost July 1944
SS-134 S-29 1924 Sold 1947, Scrapped 1987
SS-135 S-30 1920 Scrapped 1946
SS-136 S-31 1923 Scrapped 1946
SS-137 S-32 1923 Scrapped 1946
SS-138 S-33 1922 Scrapped 1946
SS-139 S-34 1923 Scrapped 1946
SS-140 S-35 1923 Sunk as target 1946
SS-141 S-36 1923 Lost January 1942
SS-142 S-37 1923 Scrapped 1946
SS-143 S-38 1923 Scrapped 1945
SS-144 S-39 1923 Lost August 1942
SS-145 S-40 1923 Scrapped 1946
SS-146 S-41 1924 Scrapped 1946
SS-153 S-42 1924 Scrapped 1946
SS-154 S-43 1925 Scrapped 1946
SS-155 S-44 1925 Lost October 1943
SS-156 S-45 1925 Scrapped 1946
SS-157 S-46 1925 Scrapped 1946
SS-158 S-47 1925 Scrapped 1946
SS-159 S-48 1922 Scrapped 1946
 
B-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-163 Barracuda 1925 Scrapped 1945
SS-164 Bass 1925 Sunk as target 1945
SS-165 Bonita 1927 Scrapped 1945
 
Argonaut-Class Submarine  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-166 Argonaut 1928 Lost January 1943
 
Narwhal-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-167 Narwhal 1930 Scrapped 1945
SS-168 Nautilus 1930 Scrapped 1945
 
Dolphin-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-169 Dolphin 1932 Scrapped 1945
 
Cachalot-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-170 Cachalot 1933 Scrapped 1947
SS-171 Cuttlefish 1934 Scrapped 1947
 
Porpoise-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-172 Porpoise 1935 Scrapped 1957
SS-173 Pike 1935 Scrapped 1957
SS-174 Shark 1936 Lost March 1942
SS-175 Tarpon 1936 Sold 1957, foundered on tow to breakers
SS-176 Perch 1936 Lost March 1942
SS-177 Pickerel 1937 Lost August 1943
SS-178 Permit 1937 Scrapped 1958
SS-179 Plunger 1936 Scrapped 1957
SS-180 Pollack 1937 Scrapped 1947
SS-181 Pompano 1937 Lost January 1944
 
Salmon-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-182 Salmon 1938 Scrapped 1946
SS-183 Seal 1938 Scrapped 1957
SS-184 Skipjack 1938 Sunk as target 1948
SS-185 Snapper 1937 Scrapped 1948
SS-186 Stingray 1938 Scrapped 1947
SS-187 Sturgeon 1938 Scrapped 1948
 
Sargo-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-188 Sargo 1939 Scrapped 1947
SS-189 Saury 1939 Scrapped 1947
SS-190 Spearfish 1939 Scrapped 1947
SS-191 Sculpin 1939 Lost November 1943
SS-192 Sailfish (ex-Squalus) 1939 Scrapped 1948; conning tower at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; bell in Annapolis
SS-193 Swordfish 1939 Lost January 1945
SS-194 Seadragon 1939 Scrapped 1948
SS-195 Sealion 1939 Lost December 1941, scuttled Cavite
SS-196 Searaven 1939 Sunk as target 1948
SS-197 Seawolf 1939 Lost October 1944
 
Tambor-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-198 Tambor 1940 Scrapped 1959
SS-199 Tautog 1940 Scrapped 1960
SS-200 Thresher 1940 Scrapped 1948
SS-201 Triton 1940 Lost March 1943
SS-202 Trout 1940 Lost February 1944
SS-203 Tuna 1941 Sunk as target 1948
 
Mackerel-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-204 Mackerel 1941 Scrapped 1947
SS-205 Marlin 1941 Scrapped 1946
 
Gar-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-206 Gar 1941 Scrapped 1959
SS-207 Grampus 1941 Lost March 1943
SS-208 Grayback 1941 Lost February 1944
SS-209 Grayling 1941 Lost September 1943
SS-210 Grenadier 1941 Scuttled 4/22/43
SS-211 Gudgeon 1941 Lost April 1944
 
Gato-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-212 Gato 1941 Scrapped 1960
SS-213 Greenling 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-214 Grouper 1942 Scrapped 1968
SS-215 Growler 1942 Lost November 1944
SS-216 Grunion 1942 Lost July/August 1942
SS-217 Guardfish 1942 Sunk as target 1961
SS-218 Albacore 1942 Lost November 1944
SS-219 Amberjack 1942 Lost February 1943
SS-220 Barb 1942 Italy 1954, sold 1972
SS-221 Blackfish 1942 Scrapped 1958
SS-222 Bluefish 1943 1953
SS-223 Bonefish 1943 Lost June 1945
SS-224 Cod 1943 Museum, Cleveland
SS-225 Cero 1943 Scrapped 1967
SS-226 Corvina 1943 Lost November 1943
SS-227 Darter 1943 Lost October 1944
SS-228 Drum 1941 Museum, Mobile, AL
SS-229 Flying Fish 1941 Scrapped 1959
SS-230 Finback 1942 Scrapped 1959
SS-231 Haddock 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-232 Halibut 1942 Scrapped 1946
SS-233 Herring 1942 Lost 1 June 1944
SS-234 Kingfish 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-235 Shad 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-236 Silversides 1941 Museum, Muskegon, MI
SS-237 Trigger 1942 Lost March 1945
SS-238 Wahoo 1942 Lost December 1943
SS-239 Whale 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-240 Angler 1943 Scrapped 1974
SS-241 Bashaw 1943 Sunk as target 1969
SS-242 Bluegill 1943 Scuttled off Hawaii for salvage training
SS-243 Bream 1944 Sunk as target 1969
SS-244 Cavalla 1944 Museum, Galveston, TX
SS-245 Cobia 1944 Museum, Manitowoc, WI
SS-246 Croaker 1944 Museum, Buffalo, NY
SS-247 Dace 1943 Italy 1955, sold 1972
SS-248 Dorado 1943 Lost October 1943
SS-249 Flasher 1943 Scrapped 1963, conning tower at Groton, CT
SS-250 Flier 1943 Lost September 1944
SS-251 Flounder 1943 Scrapped 1960
SS-252 Gabilan 1943 Scrapped 1960
SS-253 Gunnel 1942 Scrapped 1959
SS-254 Gurnard 1942 Scrapped 1961
SS-255 Haddo 1942 Scrapped 1955
SS-256 Hake 1942 Scrapped 1972
SS-257 Harder 1942 Lost 23 August 1944
SS-258 Hoe 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-259 Jack 1943 Greece 1958, sunk as target 1968
SS-260 Lapon 1943 Sunk as target 1973
SS-261 Mingo 1943 Japan 1957, scrapped 1971
SS-262 Muskellunge 1943 Sunk as target 1968
SS-263 Paddle 1943 Brazil 1957, sunk as target 1968
SS-264 Pargo 1943 Scrapped 1961
SS-265 Peto 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-266 Pogy 1943 Scrapped 1959
SS-267 Pompon 1943 Scrapped 1960
SS-268 Puffer 1943 Scrapped 1960
SS-269 Rasher 1943 Scrapped 1974
SS-270 Raton 1943 Scrapped 1973
SS-271 Ray 1943 Scrapped 1960
SS-272 Redfin 1943 Scrapped 1971
SS-273 Robalo 1943 Lost 26 July 1944
SS-274 Rock 1943 Scrapped 1972
SS-275 Runner 1942 Lost 1 July 1943
SS-276 Sawfish 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-277 Scamp 1942 Lost November 1944
SS-278 Scorpion 1942 Lost March 1944
SS-279 Snook 1942 Lost April 1945
SS-280 Steelhead 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-281 Sunfish 1942 Scrapped 1960
SS-282 Tunny 1942 Sunk as target 1970
SS-283 Tinosa 1943 Scuttled 1960 as ASW target
SS-284 Tullibee 1943 Lost March 1944
 
Balao-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-285 Balao 1943 Target 1963, fairwater at Navy Memorial, Washington, DC
SS-286 Billfish 1943 Scrapped 1971
SS-287 Bowfin 1943 Museum, Honolulu
SS-288 Cabrilla 1943 Scrapped 1972
SS-289 Capelin 1943 Lost December 1943
SS-290 Cisco 1943 Lost September 1943
SS-291 Crevalle 1943 Scrapped 1971
SS-292 Devilfish 1944 Scrapped 1968
SS-293 Dragonet 1944 Sunk as target 1961
SS-294 Escolar 1944 Lost October 1944
SS-295 Hackleback 1944 Scrapped 1968
SS-296 Lancetfish 1945 Scrapped 1959
SS-297 Ling 1945 Museum, Hackensack, NJ
SS-298 Lionfish 1944 Museum, Fall River, MA
SS-299 Manta 1944 Sunk as target 1969
SS-300 Moray 1945 Scrapped 1970
SS-301 Roncador 1945 Scrapped 1973, conning tower in storage at Maritime Park Assoc., San Francsisco, CA; conning tower fairwater at Submarine Memorial, Point Loma Submarine Base, San Diego, CA.
SS-302 Sabalo 1945 Sunk as target 1973
SS-304 Seahorse 1943 Scrapped 1971
SS-305 Skate 1943 Sunk as target 1948
SS-306 Tang 1943 Lost October 1944
SS-307 Tilefish 1943 Venezuela 1960 as Carite
SS-308 Apogon 1943 Sunk at Bikini bomb test 1946
SS-309 Aspro 1943 Sunk as target 16 November 1962
SS-310 Batfish 1943 Museum, Muskogee, OK
SS-311 Archer-Fish 1943 Sunk as target 1968
SS-312 Burrfish 1943 Canada 1961, sunk as target 1968
SS-313 Perch (2) 1944 Scrapped 1973
SS-314 Shark (2) 1944 Lost 24 October 1944
SS-315 Sealion (2) 1944 Sunk as target 1978
SS-316 Barbel 1944 Lost February 1945
SS-317 Barbero 1944 Sunk as target 1964
SS-318 Baya 1944 Scrapped 1973
SS-319 Becuna 1944 Museum, Philadelphia
SS-320 Bergall 1944 Turkey 1958
SS-321 Besugo 1944 Scrapped 1977
SS-322 Blackfin 1944 Sunk as target 1972
SS-323 Caiman 1944 Turkey 1972
SS-324 Blenny 1944 Sunk as target 1973
SS-325 Blower 1944 Turkey 1953
SS-326 Blueback 1944 Turkey 1953
SS-327 Boarfish 1944 Turkey 1953, sold 1974
SS-328 Charr 1944 Scrapped 1972
SS-329 Chub 1944 Turkey 1948, scrapped 1974
SS-330 Brill 1944 Turkey 1948
SS-331 Bugara 1944 Lost under tow 1971
SS-332 Bullhead 1944 Lost August 1945
SS-333 Bumper 1944 Turkey 1950
SS-334 Cabezon 1944 Scrapped 1971
SS-335 Dentuda 1944 Scrapped 1969
SS-336 Capitaine 1945 Italy 1977
SS-337 Carbonero 1945 Sunk as target 1975
SS-338 Carp 1945 Scrapped 1973
SS-339 Catfish 1945 Argentina 1971, lost 1982
SS-340 Entemedor 1945 Turkey
SS-341 Chivo 1945 Argentina 1971
SS-342 Chopper 1945 Sunk 1976
SS-343 Clamagore 1945 Museum, Charleston, SC
SS-345 Cochino 1945 Lost 1949, battery fire
SS-361 Golet 1943 Lost October 1944
SS-362 Guavina 1943 Sunk as target 1967
SS-363 Guitaro 1944 Turkey 1972
SS-364 Hammerhead 1944 Turkey 1972
SS-365 Hardhead 1944 Greece 1972
SS-366 Hawkbill 1944 Netherlands 1970
SS-367 Icefish 1944 Netherlands 1971
SS-368 Jallao 1944 Spain 1974
SS-369 Kete 1944 Lost March 1945
SS-370 Kraken 1944 Spain 1974
SS-371 Lagarto 1944 Lost May 1945
SS-372 Lamprey 1944 Argentina 1971
SS-373 Lizardfish 1944 Italy 1979
SS-374 Loggerhead 1945 Scrapped 1969
SS-375 Macabi 1945 Argentina 1971
SS-376 Mapiro 1945 Turkey 1973
SS-377 Menhaden 1945 Scrapped 1988
SS-378 Mero 1945 Turkey 1973
SS-381 Sand Lance 1943 Brazil 1972
SS-382 Picuda 1943 Scrapped 1974
SS-383 Pampanito 1943 Museum, San Francisco
SS-384 Parche 1943 Scrapped 1970
SS-385 Bang 1943 Spain, 1974, renamed Cosme Garcia
SS-386 Pilotfish 1943 Sunk as target 1948
SS-387 Pintado 1944 Scrapped 1969
SS-388 Pipefish 1944 Scrapped 1969
SS-389 Piranha 1944 Scrapped 1970
SS-390 Plaice 1944 Brazil, memorial Santos
SS-391 Pomfret 1944 Turkey 1973
SS-392 Sterlet 1944 Sunk as target 1969
SS-393 Queenfish 1944 Sunk as target 1963
SS-394 Razorback 1944 Turkey 1970; museum, N. Little Rock, AR 2004
SS-395 Redfish 1944 Sunk as target 1969
SS-396 Ronquil 1944 Spain 1971
SS-397 Scabardfish 1944 Greece 1965, sold 1976
SS-398 Segundo 1944 Sunk as target 1970
SS-399 Sea Cat 1944 Scrapped 1973
SS-400 Sea Devil 1944 Sunk as target 1964
SS-401 Sea Dog 1944 Sunk as target 1973
SS-402 Sea Fox 1944 Turkey 1970
SS-403 Atule 1944 Lost in collision 1990, raised for parts
SS-404 Spikefish 1944 Sunk as target 1964
SS-405 Sea Owl 1944 Scrapped 1971
SS-406 Sea Poacher 1944 Peru 1974
SS-407 Sea Robin 1944 Scrapped 1971
SS-408 Sennet 1944 Scrapped 1973
SS-409 Piper 1944 Scrapped 1971
SS-410 Threadfin 1944 Turkey 1973
SS-411 Spadefish 1944 Scrapped 1969
SS-412 Trepang 1944 Sunk as target 1969
SS-413 Spot 1944 Chile
SS-414 Springer 1944 Scrapped 1972
SS-415 Stickleback 1945 Lost 1958, rammed
SS-416 Tiru 1945 Sunk as target 1976
 
Tench-Class Submarines  Specifications
Hull Number Name Comm Date Fate
SS-417 Tench 1944 Peru for spares 1976
SS-418 Thornback 1944 Turkey 1973, renamed TCG Uluçalireis; Museum, Istanbul, 2001
SS-419 Tigrone 1944 Sunk as target 1976
SS-420 Tirante 1944 Stricken 1973
SS-421 Trutta 1944 Turkey 1972
SS-422 Toro 1944 Scrapped 1965
SS-423 Torsk 1944 Museum, Baltimore
SS-424 Quillback 1945 Scrapped 1974
SS-425 Trumpetfish 1945 Brazil 1973
SS-426 Tusk 1945 Taiwan 1973
SS-435 Corsair 1945 Scrapped 1963
SS-436 Unicorn 1945 Scrapped 1959
SS-437 Walrus 1945 Scrapped 1959
SS-475 Argonaut (2) 1945 Canada 1968
SS-476 Runner (2) 1945 Scrapped 1973
SS-477 Conger 1945 Scrapped 1964
SS-478 Cutlass 1945 Taiwan 1973
SS-479 Diablo 1945 Pakistan 1964, Lost December 1971
SS-480 Medregal 1945 Scrapped 1972
SS-481 Requin 1945 Museum, Pittsburgh
SS-482 Irex 1945 Scrapped 1971
SS-483 Sea Leopard 1945 Brazil 1973
SS-484 Odax 1945 Brazil 1972
SS-485 Sirago 1945 Stricken 1972
SS-486 Pomodon 1945 Scrapped 1972
SS-487 Remora 1945 Greece 1973
SS-489 Spinax 1945 Scrapped 1972
SS-522 Amberjack (2) 1945 Brazil 1973
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