Casey, John Edward, LT

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Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 112X, USS Flier (SS-250)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Baltimore, MD
Last Address
205 E. 30th St
Baltimore, MD
(Wife~Betty Ann Casey)

Casualty Date
Aug 13, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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  1944-1944, 112X, USS Flier (SS-250)


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USS Flier (SS-250) Unit Page


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 USS Flier (SS-250) Details

USS Flier (SS-250)

USS Flier (SS-250), a Gato-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the flier, a roundsunfish widely known in the United States.

Her keel was laid on 30 October 1942 by Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 11 July 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. A. S. Pierce), and commissioned on 18 October 1943 with Lieutenant Commander John D. Crowley in command.

Flier reached Pearl Harbor from New London, Connecticut on 20 December 1943 and prepared for her first war patrol, sailing on 12 January 1944. However, the submarine ran aground near Midway Island on 16 January. USS Macaw, a Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship, attempted to pull Flier free but ran aground herself and sank. Flier was eventually saved by USS Florikan and towed to first Pearl Harbor and then to Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs. On 21 May, she sailed again for action, heading for a patrol area west of Luzon. She made her first contact on 4 June, attacking a well-escorted convoy of five merchantmen. Firing three torpedoes at each of two ships, she sent the transport Hakusan Maru to the bottom and scored a hit on another ship before clearing the area to evade countermeasures.

On 13 June 1944, Flier attacked a convoy of 11 ships, cargo carriers and tankers, guarded by at least six escorts. The alert behavior of the escorts during the attack resulted in a severe counterattack on Flier before she could observe what damage she had done to the convoy. On 22 June, she began a long chase after another large convoy, scoring four hits for six torpedoes fired at two cargo ships that day, and three hits for four torpedoes launched against another cargo ship of the same convoy the next day.

On 1 February 2009, the U.S. Navy announced the discovery of

Flier near the Philippines' Balabac Strait (7°58′43.21″N 117°15′23.79″E)Coordinates7°58′43.21″N 117°15′23.79″E. The discovery of a Gato-class submarine was made during an expedition by YAP Films, based in part on information provided by a survivor of the sinking of Flier. Further research by the Naval History and Heritage Command revealed that no other submarine, American or Japanese, had been reported lost in that general vicinity. In addition, footage of the wreck showed a gun mount and radar antenna, both of which were similar to the same equipment seen in contemporary photographs of Flier. The ship rests in 330 ft (100 m) of water.


Flier Survivors 
 LT James W. Liddle, CDR John Daniel Crowley, ENS Alvin E. Jacobson 
 James Dello Russo, QM3; Wesley Bruce Miller, MoMM3; Earl R. Baumgart, MoMM3; 
Arthur Gibson Howell, CRT(AA).  Not pictured:  Donald Paul Tremaine, FC2

Flier received one battle star for World War II service on her single complete war patrol, designated "Successful." She is credited with having sunk 10,380 tons of Japanese shipping.

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1944-1944, 112X, Submarines/USS Flier (SS-250)
1944-1944, 112X, Submarines/USS Flier (SS-250)
19 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Flier (SS-250)

Crowley, John D., CDR, (1931-1961) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Baehr, Herbert Albert, LTJG, (1935-1944) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Reynolds, William Laughlin, LT, (1942-1944) OFF 1955 Lieutenant
Gwinn, Kenneth Leroy, CPO, (1929-1944) TM TM-0000 Chief Torpedoman
Brooks, William Jeremiah, CPO, (1927-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Hudson, Edgar Walker, CPO, (1939-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Poole, Mason, CPO, (1934-1944) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Pope, Charles DeWitt, CPO, (1935-1944) GM GM-0000 Chief Gunner's Mate
Parker, Charles William, PO1, (1937-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Banchero, George Joseph, PO2, (1942-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Elder, James Edward, PO2, (1941-1944) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hardy, Gale Winstone, PO2, (1942-1944) BM BM-0000 Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class
Bohn, Thomas Leroy, PO3, (1943-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Fite, Bernard Vincent, PO3, (1942-1944) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kantor, Sol, PO3, (1942-1944) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Christensen, Christian John, S1c, (1943-1944) TM TM-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Payne, Chester, S1c, (1941-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Knapp, Paul, LT, (1938-1944) OFF Lieutenant
Mayer, Philip Stanley, ENS, (1942-1944) OFF Ensign

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