78 Men Lost

June 28, 1943

USS Runner (SS 275)
Heading out for sea trials in October 1942, the Runner (SS 275), will soon make her first war patrol. This Portsmouth built boat had the anchor mounted on the port side and a high bridge as built. This would soon be cut down. Her “SJ” radar is mounted in front of her number one scope.

  • Gato Class Submarine
  • Keel laid: December 8, 1941, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME
  • Launched: May 30, 1942
  • Commissioned: July 30, 1942
  • Displacement: 1,526 tons surfaced; 2,410 tons submerged
  • Length: 311′ 8″
  • Beam: 27′ 4″
  • Operating depth: 300′
  • Complement: 6 officers, 54 enlisted
  • Armament: ten 21″ torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3″/50 deck gun, two .50 cal. machine guns, two .30 cal. machine g

On May 27, under command of Lieutenant Commander Joseph H. Bourland, she departed Midway for the Kuril Islands chain and waters off northern Japan. No report was heard from her. Captured Japanese records indicated that she sank the cargo ship Seinan Maru on June 11 in Tsugaru Strait off Hokkaidō, and the passenger-cargo ship Shinryu Maru on June 26 off the Kuril Islands.

A summary of Japanese antisubmarine attacks received since the close of hostilities contains no mention of an attack, which could explain the loss of RUNNER. Thus her loss must be ascribed to an enemy minefield, of which there were at least four in the area to which she was assigned, to an operational casualty, or to an unreported enemy attack. Destruction by a mine is considered the most likely of these possibilities.

Runner was awarded one battle star for World War II service.

Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

USS Runner (SS 275)
Patch(es) were obtained from:
NavSource Online (Submarine Photo Archive).
Originally contributed by Mike Smolinski.
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