Submarine Squadron 8 Plaque

Date:
C. 1940s

Submarine Squadron 8 operated in the Pacific Ocean in World War II. At times based in Pearl Harbor, Midway and Brisbane Bay, the squadron's submarines hunted enemy ships off New Guinea, the Bismarck and Solomon Islands. Its base provided refits and services to other submarines patrolling the area. The squadron included 13 submarines notably Balao, Bowfin and Greenling. These three boats destroyed 37 enemy vessels totaling 159,036 tons. As well as sinking enemy vessels, Squadron 8 carried out special operations to Midway, provided rescue for downed aviators and blockaded Japanese ports.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0007
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy Dina Lee Steiner

Battle Flag Of Balao

Date:
C. 1945
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0001
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Battle Flag Of Spot

Date:
C. 1940s
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
201.021.0003
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Battle Flag Of Gurnard

Date:
C. 1940s

Launched 1 June 1942, Gurnard first patrolled the Bay of Biscay for German blockade runners. By 12 June 1943 she was transferred to the Pacific Ocean. There, Gurnard received six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation, while her captain, Lieutenant Commander C.H. Andrews, earned the Navy Cross. Gurnard had one of the highest single patrol tonnage scores during World War II--29,700 tons. Her battle flag shows that she destroyed 12 combatant and merchant vessels. The flag also records the total tonnage of the ships sunk. Read more »

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0002
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy