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USS S-27 (SS-132)

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USS S-27 (SS-132) was a S1-class World War II era submarine.

On June 12, 1942, the S-27 departed Dutch Harbor for her first and final war patrol with Lieutenant Herbert L. Jukes in command. She had been ordered to reconnoiter Constantine Harbor at Amchitka Island and to patrol the Kuluk Bay area at Adak Island. On June 16, 1942, she was told to deploy to Kiska Island. On June 18, 1942, she reconnoitered Constantine Harbor finding no signs of enemy activity. She then headed for Kiska Island as ordered. When S-27 surfaced that night to recharge her batteries, heavy fog caused her to drift five miles from her estimated position. On June 19, 1942, near the geographic position 51° 21' 41" N, 179° 13' 05" E, she grounded on rocks off Saint Makarius Point on Amchitka Island. All attempts to right the boat were unsuccessful. The entire crew was safely transferred to Constantine Harbor on the 20th, and a camp was established using the buildings and heating equipment that had survived a Japanese bombing. The entire crew was eventually rescued by PBY aircraft. All equipment, classified material, and guns aboard S-27 were destroyed. Only the submarine's flooded hulk remained. 1

S-27 did not sink any enemy vessels. One S-27 crew member was lost in an airplane accident two months after the grounding and loss of the vessel. He is listed at On Eternal Patrol.

Footnote:

1. Roscoe, Theodore, United States Submarine Operations in World War II, p. 138-139.