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Grayback

Ship Designation: 
SS-208
Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 27, 1944
Attack in the East China Sea
On February 27, 1944, returning through the East China Sea, Grayback expended her last two torpedoes in sinking the cargo ship Ceylon Maru. She did not report this sinking, and was never heard from again. ... Post-war study of Japanese records indicated that an ASW aircraft spotted a surfaced submarine that same day on Grayback’s intended track and attacked with bombs. The reports note that the submarine exploded and sank immediately. Subsequent depth charge attacks by surface units brought up a trail of bubbles and a heavy oil slick. ... Grayback completed nine patrols before being lost on the tenth, her most successful. She accounted for a confirmed total 13 1/2 ships, (63,850 tons), including the IJN submarine I-18. This placed her number 20 in the list of high scoring Pacific submarines.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 79

Name Service Branchsort descending
MOMM 1c Forrest Boyer USN
Sea 1c George Ferry USN
EM 3c John King USN
MOMM 2c Louis Meyers USN
Std 2c Vicente Rivera USN
EM 3c James Brandt USN
TM 3c Marshall Davidson USN
MOMM 3c Leslie Leaf USN
Cdr John Moore USN
Lt Carthel Smith USN
RDM 1c William Brasch USN
Y 2c Vance Davis USN
Sea 1c Raymond Lariviere USN
SC 1c Stanley Waliszewski USN
RM 3c Isauro Silveira USN
CRM Thaddeus Bukowski USN
Cox James Dodson USN
TM 1c James Jones USN
Lt Jesse Stewart USN
EM 3c Sidney Solomon USN

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