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Capelin

Ship Designation: 
SS-289
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, November 17, 1943
Lost at Sea
Following repairs, Capelin departed Darwin for the Celebes Sea on November 17. USS Bonefish (SS-223) reported sighting a US submarine in Capelin's area on December 2, and made tentative contact by underwater telephone. Although post-war analysis of Japanese records indicated an ASW attack on November 23, off Halamahera, in Capelin's area, the records did not report a sinking and further indicated that the attack was broken off. In view of the sighting by Bonefish on December 2, this attack probably was not directed at Capelin. ... There were minefields in the area, but the most probable cause of her loss was a continuing mechanical failure of the upper hatch or, more remotely, her bow planes.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 78

Name Service Branchsort descending
StM 1c Earl Cheatham USN
Sea 1c William Lafferty USN
MOMM 2c Phillip Gillen USN
StM 2c Finon Perry USN
QM 3c Herman Winkler USN
TM 2c Everett Clifford USN
F 2c John Koziol USN
MOMM 2c Leon Smith USN
RM 1c Henry Morgan USN
F 1c Ernest Wellman USN
TM 1c Charles Colyer USN
EM 1c Eugene Krall USN
MOMM 2c D. Smith USN
Lt(jg) Clinton Oneil USN
MM 1c Joe Cross USN
EM 2c Isidore Klein USN
Sea 1c Edward Smolenski USN
MOMM 1c Stanley Olsen USN
LCdr William Mason USN
F 1c James Crowley USN

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Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)