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The USS Batfish and USS Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club.

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Please Send QSL requests to
QSL Manager WW2SUB - USS Batfish
C/o Muskogee War Memorial Park
3500 Batfish Road
Muskogee, OK 74403

No QSLs can be sent unless you enclose an SASE- Please send ONLY

Legal size 4"X 9" envelope to handle larger QSL size

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The USS Batfish commemorating the 75th anniversary of all 52 lost boats special event information

On Saturday December 10th, a few members of the USS Batfish ARC gathered together and held a Special " Special Event" station from the Batfish to remember the loss of the First of 52 US Submarines that were lost during World War Two, the USS Sealion SS-195 and four of her crew, as well as a 5th who died in captivity as a POW in the Philippines. It was 75 years ago, just 3 days after the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

The event was very well received on the air, and we are already looking forward to the next event, which will be in mid-January 2017. We hope to provide a similar event for each of the remaining 51 boats on the 75th anniversary of their loss. This looks like it could grow into a major event for us, and all those that care about keeping alive the memory of those men and boats still on eternal patrol.

We do not have a special QSL card for this event, but the contacts will get you a USS Batfish Card, if you submit your card with a SASE as directed above.

A special “certificate” commemorating the USS Sealion SS-195 will soon be available. If you want a printed copy mailed to you, we are asking for a donation of $5.00 or more to cover the cost of printing and postage. The minimum amount may change based on the expense incurred, once we have a better idea of what they will be.You may mail payment to the address above. Please make sure to include the contact info, like any QSL card would have, but also include the sequence number for the contact, it is a 7 digit number given out during each contact.

As an alternative to printing and mailing (or cost) we are going to try e-mailing electronic copies in PDF form, that you may print on your own or send to your local Wal-mart ( or anywhere else you like) for printing. At this time, the plan is for it to be free, but you may always make a donation if you like.  You may email me your contact info, like any QSL card would have, but also include the sequence number for the contact, it is a 7 digit number given out during each contact

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THE ABOVE PICTURE IS OF THE BOAT AS SHE NOW SITS.

(TAP PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT)

 

THE BOAT NOW RESTS 150' FROM ARKANSAS RIVER IN A OLD SOY BEAN FIELD_THE AREA WAS BOWLED OUT, A SLIT WAS CUT IN BANK & BOAT WAS PUSHED IN & SLIT WAS CLOSED OFF TO THE RIVER. THE MUSEUM IS LOCATED JUST AFT OF THE BOAT. THE BOAT WAS GIVEN TO SUB VETS OF OKLAHOMA AS A MEMORIAL. IT WAS BROUGHT UP THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.THEN ARKANSAS RIVER (THRU 16 LOCKS-RAISING IT 600')TO THE PORT OF MUSKOGEE IN A SLING BETWEEN TWO BARGES PUSHED BY A TUG BOAT.

 

Control room-Bow & Stern planes wheels

 

USS BATFISH during the seven WW2 patrols in Pacific

MY HEROS

Below-2006 reunion of WW2 (1943-1945)& 2nd Commishing (Korea &Cuban Missle Crisis-50's -60's). Struck from Navy registure in 1972.

USS Batfish as she is today-A slit was cut into bank of the Arkansas River,pushed into slit, blocked off from river-Stands 150' from the River in a old soy bean field-At memorial for members of the "Silent Service"

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No QSLs can not be sent unless you enclose an SASE--send ONLY letter size(4"X 9" envelope to handle larger QSL size) ***Note-our 2 sided color QSL, with info about the boat, costs us abt 48 cents each-anyone that feels like can drop a donation in ur envelope to help out on buying QSLs****

 

The USS BATFISH #310 was begun when her keel was laid on 27 December 1942 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H. It was launched on 5 May 1943, Commissioned on 21 August 1943.After a shake down cruise it passed thru the Panama Canal and on to Pearl Harbor. T.H. The Batfish made seven wartime patrols sinking 14 ships (including 3 submarines in 76 hours) 37,080 tons of enemy shipping plus damage to 3 other ships (4500 tons damaged) and rescued 3 down airmen.

After WW2 the USS BATFISH was re-commisioned during Korean War & the Cuban Missile Crisis,then served as a training submarine and then was decommissioned again.In 1972 It was given to the city of Muskogee, Oklahoma to be used as a memorial to members of the silent service.It was slung between 2 barges to make its trip up the Mississippi river and then up the Arkansas river (thru 16 locks) to the port of Muskogee (yes, Muskogee is considered a deep water port for barge traffic up the Mississippi and Arkansas river systems).

A slit was cut in the bank and the boat was nudged into the slit and closed off from the Arkansas River.The water was drained from the slit and the boat rested on the ground kept in position by heavy cables.

MUSEUM HOURS at The memorial park are 4 days a week 10am-6pm (Wednesday thru Saturday).Open Sundays noon-6PM

 

The WW2 callsign for the boat was "NYSD".The call sign for the AMATEUR RADIO operation at the submarine was selected to honor the history of its WW2 service. The present (WW2) radio equipment aboard the boat is not used (mainly CW and AM with crystal control) The current radio gear is a Kenwood TS-440 to a 4 el beam @40'(-100' off the port bow to keep boat with the 40's look) or a 40 meter dipole on the boat (no WARC ). We do operate from inside the submarine in the old radio room (cramped space).We also have 2 meter FM rig with a vertical on con-tower that usually monitors 146.580Mhz. We added a code practice oscilator with a navy knob hand key so that visitors can tap out code to give more reality to the radio room.When the amateur radio station is not in use a tape loop with" Fox Sked " info on cw or WW2 era songs is played.

 

Do you remember what submarine rescued LTJG George H W Bush when he was shot down during WW2??

 

 

USS FINBACK #230-Lt.J G George H W Bush( the youngest pilot to fly off a carrier in WW2) was shot down near the Bonin Islands,he was picked up by the Finback, stayed aboard about 30 days until they could drop him off at Midway Island to rejoin his Naval Squadron.

For more information about the Muskogee War Memorial, please go to www.warmemorialpark.org

For more information about the USS Batfish, Please go to www.ussbatfish.com

For more information about the radio club, please go to www.ww2sub.org

 


GPS Coordinates for the USS Batfish and the Museum : 35 47.597 N, 95 18.625 W

 

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