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The USS Batfish and USS Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club.

Please send a SASE with your requests to
QSL Manager - USS Batfish WW2SUB
C/o Muskogee War Memorial Park
3500 Batfish Road
Muskogee, OK 74403

QSL cards can not be sent unless you enclose an SASE or a small donation to cover the cost of postage and envelope


The 52 lost Subs Special Event.

The USS Batfish is commemorating on the air the 75th anniversary of each of the 52 lost submarines America lost during WW2.

There will be 52 separate “Special Events” over the next 4 plus years, one for each boat and crew lost.

We will not have a special QSL card for each of these events, but all contacts are eligible for a USS Batfish QSL Card. Just submit your card with a SASE as directed above.

However, a custom “certificate” commemorating each of the lost boats (Subs) will be available shortly after each event. 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 of the certificate with your call sign. Included in the package will be a QSL card from the USS Batfish. A separate envelope is not required. 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,

Please send emails to trustee@ww2ok.org .

A special event webpage at http://www.thelost52subs.org/ has been created through the kindness and hard work of Chris and David Reidenbach W4CRR and W5DRR as well as CSIIHosting. Thank you for all your support and Generosity!

For QSL CARDS ONLY – No certificates

Any station making contact with the USS Batfish at any time, including one of the lost boat special events may send a QSL card request along with a SASE to the QSL manager address above to request a standard WW2SUB Card. A QSL card can NOT be sent unless you enclose an SASE or a small donation to cover the postage and envelope.

For the 52 lost subs special events only!

To request an Electronic copy of your Certificate:

Please send an E-mail to trustee@ww2ok.org with your contact information including your name, call sign and sequence number you received during the contact. Once created, the printable PDF of the certificate will be returned via email. A donation is NOT required, but always appreciated if you care to do so.

To request a printed copy of the Certificate and a QSL Card: Please do one of the following

  1. Please mail a $5 or more donation to cover the cost of creating and mailing the certificate and QSL card to the QSL Manager address above OR

  2. Go either to the clubs Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/Batfisharc/ and click on Donate…. Like and follow us while you’re there OR

  3. Go to https://www.paypal.me/BatfishTowerProject directly where you will see a Paypal.me account for Gary B. the club treasure.

Checks should be made out to “The USS Batfish and USS Oklahoma ARC”

Regardless of which of the three methods you use, a minimum of $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of the certificates with any remainder going to the clubs “tower fund”. With each of the requests, please give us your name, call sign and at least the contacts sequence number you were given during the QSO. If you do either of the electronic donations (#2 or 3) you might drop us an email at trustee@ww2ok.org Just to make sure we know it’s coming.

THAT IS ALL YOU DO! You will receive a QSL card with the certificate. There is no need for a separate SASE envelope to be sent as it will arrive in the same envelope as the certificate.

Due to the overwhelming response to this event and the certificate offer, Please allow us at least 60 days to respond. The events have been occurring faster than we can complete the previous events certificates. We apologize for the delay.



The Picture above is of the USS Batfish as she sits today. Click to enlarge it.

The Batfish rests about 150 feet from the bank of the Arkansas River in a field near Muskogee Oklahoma. The boat was brought up the river, slug between six river barges, three on each side to give it the draft needed to clear the shallow river bottom. During its journey up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico, the boat passed through 16 different lock and dams to rise about 600 feet above sea level at the port of Muskogee. A slit trench was dug in the river bank where she sits today, and the boat was floated into positon with help from a river barge and two Caterpillar D4 Tractors, which were the biggest built at the time. Once in place, the trench was blocked back off and the water drained away.  


Bow & Stern planes wheels in the USS Batfish control room.

USS BATFISH during a patrol in the Pacific.


2006 reunion photo of WW2 (1943-1945) & 2nd commission (Korea & Cuban Missile Crisis-50's -60's) sub vets. The Batfish

was stricken from Navy registry in 1972.




USS Batfish as she sits today as a memorial for members of the "Silent Service"


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 shakedown 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-commissioned during the 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.

The Muskogee War Memorial Park Summer hours are from 10am to 6pm Wednesday thru Saturday and 1pm to 6PM on Sundays and the winter hours are from 10am to 5pm Thursday thru Saturday and 1pm to 5PM on Sundays. More information about the museum and its operations can be found at www.warmemorialpark.org

The WW2 call sign 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 WW2 radio equipment aboard the boat is not used (mainly CW and AM with crystal control) but includes RCA RAL and RCA RAK Receivers and Westinghouse TBL-8 and Collins TCS-13 Transmitters.  

The current radio gear used is a TenTec Omni-7 and Kenwood TS-440 going to a Radio Wavz Hex Beam working all bands 20M through 6M plus a 40Meter loaded hex all sitting on top of a 70 foot Tri-Ex tilt over and crank up LM-470 tower. The tower sits about 250 feet off the Starboard Bow. Coax runs from the Radio Room to the antennas on the tower are about 450 feet or so. Other antennas include a 40 meter inverted V on the boat and an 80M FW Loop at 35 near the tower. We do operate from inside the submarine in the old radio room (cramped space). And place a second and sometimes a third station in the Galley which is much roomier. We also have 2 meter FM rig with a vertical on con-tower that usually monitors 146.580Mhz. A code practice oscillator 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 recording on a Mp3 loop with "Fox Sked” info on cw is played along with a Ham Radio Greeting for all to copy.



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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