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USS Lagarto (SS-371) Photo by Michael Gadd

Wreck of USS Lagarto (SS-371) - Photo by Dr. Michael Gadd

The following 52 American submarines were lost during World War II. Click on the name of the vessel to see short histories, including available information on how each boat was lost - and on how six of those have since been found.

The histories are taken from the official publication U.S. Submarine Losses World War II (NAVPERS 15784, 1949 Edition), and some articles written by CDR R. L. Sminkey are included. Except when otherwise noted, photos that appear on these pages are official U.S. Navy photos. Researcher Rob Downie is in the process of proofreading and adding new information to these pages.

The coordinates shown on the Google Earth images as the locations of the loss of each vessel are approximations, and are based on the historical record as known.

Please see the excellent Final Patrols pages on Ed Howard's website for additional information. 

 
  Alphabetical order by name   Chronological order by loss date
1

ALBACORE (SS-218)

1 SEALION (SS-195)
2

AMBERJACK (SS-219)

2 S-36 (SS-141)
3

ARGONAUT (APS-1), (SS-166)

3 S-26 (SS-131)
4

BARBEL (SS-316)

4 SHARK (SS-174)
5

BONEFISH (SS-223)

5 PERCH (SS-176)*
6

BULLHEAD (SS-332)

6 S-27 (SS-132)
7

CAPELIN (SS-289)

7 GRUNION (SS-216)*
8

CISCO (SS-290)

8 S-39 (SS-144)
9

CORVINA (SS-226)

9 ARGONAUT (APS-1), (SS-166)
10

DARTER (SS-227)

10 AMBERJACK (SS-219)
11

DORADO (SS-248)

11 GRAMPUS (SS-207)
12

ESCOLAR (SS-294)

12 TRITON (SS-201)
13

FLIER (SS-250)*

13 PICKEREL (SS-177)
14

GOLET (SS-361)

14 GRENADIER (SS-210)
15

GRAMPUS (SS-207)

15 RUNNER (SS-275)
16

GRAYBACK (SS-208)

16

R-12 (SS-89)*

17

GRAYLING (SS-209)

17 GRAYLING (SS-209)
18

GRENADIER (SS-210)

18 POMPANO (SS-181)
19

GROWLER (SS-215)

19 CISCO (SS-290)
20

GRUNION (SS-216)*

20 S-44 (SS-155)
21

GUDGEON (SS-211)

21 WAHOO (SS-238)*
22

HARDER (SS-257)

22 DORADO (SS-248)
23

HERRING (SS-233)

23 CORVINA (SS-226)
24

KETE (SS-369)

24 SCULPIN (SS-191)
25

LAGARTO (SS-371)*

25

CAPELIN (SS-289)

26

PERCH (SS-176)*

26

SCORPION (SS-278)

27

PICKEREL (SS-177)

27 GRAYBACK (SS-208)
28

POMPANO (SS-181)

28 TROUT (SS-202)
29

R-12 (SS-89)*

29

TULLIBEE (SS-284)

30

ROBALO (SS-273)

30 GUDGEON (SS-211)
31

RUNNER (SS-275)

31

HERRING (SS-233)

32

S-26 (SS-131)

32

GOLET (SS-361)

33

S-27 (SS-132)

33 S-28 (SS-133)
34

S-28 (SS-133)

34 ROBALO (SS-273)
35 S-36 (SS-141) 35 FLIER (SS-250)*
36 S-39 (SS-144) 36 HARDER (SS-257)
37 S-44 (SS-155) 37 SEAWOLF (SS-197)
38 SCAMP (SS-277) 38 DARTER (SS-227)
39 SCORPION (SS-278) 39 SHARK (SS-314)
40 SCULPIN (SS-191) 40 TANG (SS-306)
41 SEALION (SS-195) 41 ESCOLAR (SS-294)
42 SEAWOLF (SS-197) 42 ALBACORE (SS-218)
43 SHARK (SS-174) 43 GROWLER (SS-215)
44 SHARK (SS-314) 44 SCAMP (SS-277)
45 SNOOK (SS-279) 45 SWORDFISH (SS-193)
46 SWORDFISH (SS-193) 46 BARBEL (SS-316)
47 TANG (SS-306) 47 KETE (SS-369)
48 TRIGGER (SS-237) 48 TRIGGER (SS-237)
49 TRITON (SS-201) 49 SNOOK (SS-279)
50 TROUT (SS-202) 50 LAGARTO (SS-371)*
51 TULLIBEE (SS-284) 51 BONEFISH (SS-223)
52 WAHOO (SS-238)* 52 BULLHEAD (SS-332)

*Wreck discovered.

Submarines that Sustained Personnel Losses in World War II

Lost Submarines by Month

Submarine Losses - Chronological

Discrepancies in Numbers of Lost Submariners

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