From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bonefish is a name for the ladyfish, dogfish, and sturgeon.

(SS-223: dp. 1526; l. 311'9"; b. 27'3"; dr. 17'; a. 20.3 k.; cpl. 60; a. 1 4", 10 21" TT.; cl. Gato)

Bonefish (SS-223) was launched 7 May 1943 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. F. A. Daubin, wife of Rear Admiral Daubin; commissioned 31 May 1943, Commander T. W. Hogan in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Bonefish arrived at Brisbane, Australia, 30 August 1943. Between 15 September 1943 and June 1945 she completed seven war patrols in the South China, East China, Java, Celebes, Sulu, and Sibuyan Seas. Bonefish sank 12 Japanese vessels totaling 61,345 tons, including the destroyer Inazuma, 14 May 1944 in 0508' N., 11938' E.

Bonefish departed Guam 28 May 1945 for her eighth patrol as part of a submarine group under Commander G. W. Price for operations in the Sea of Japan. On the morning of 18 June Bonefish received permission to conduct a patrol of Toyama Wan, Honshu. She was never heard from again. Bonefish was probably the submarine attacked by the Japanese 18 June in 3718' N., 13725' E.

Bonefish received the Navy Unit Commendation for her first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth war patrols as well as seven battle stars during World War II.