Louis Calott Farley, Jr., USNR

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Ranks

1 Jul 1943 Lt.Cdr.

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Warship Commands listed for Louis Calott Farley, USNR


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Billfish (286)Lt.Cdr.Submarine14 Feb 1945Oct 1945

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Submarine USS Billfish (286)


8 Mar 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) departed San Francisco for Monterey Bay, California.

9 Mar 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted A/S exercises with aircraft off Monterey Bay.

10 Mar 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted A/S exercises with aircraft off Monterey Bay.

11 Mar 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted A/S exercises with aircraft off Monterey Bay.

12 Mar 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted A/S exercises with aircraft off Monterey Bay. Upon completion of these exercises course was set for Pearl Harbour.

19 Mar 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) arrived at Pearl Harbour. Voyage repairs were then undertaken by USS Bushnell.

24 Mar 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Burden R. Hastings (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Stivers, USNR).

25 Mar 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Whitman (Lt. E.A. Sandor, USNR) and USS Cero (Lt.Cdr. R. Berthrong, USN).

26 Mar 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Whitman (Lt. E.A. Sandor, USNR) and USS Cero (Lt.Cdr. R. Berthrong, USN).

27 Mar 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Pruitt (Lt. D.B. Harby, USNR), USS Whitman (Lt. E.A. Sandor, USNR), USS PC-599 and USS Cero (Lt.Cdr. R. Berthrong, USN).

3 Apr 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Burden R. Hastings (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Stivers, USNR).

4 Apr 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Burden R. Hastings (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Stivers, USNR).

8 Apr 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Staff (Lt. W.A. Upton, USNR), USS Florikan (Lt. D. Hima, USN), USS PGM-21 (Lt. L. Gardiner, USNR) and USS Torsk (Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN).

24 Apr 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Guam (later changed to Saipan) to be topped off with full and then to patrol in the East China Sea.

For daily and attack positions for USS Billfish during this patrol see the map below.

6 May 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) arrived at Saipan. Voyage repairs were undertaken by USS Orion.

7 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) departed Saipan for her patrol area.

26 May 1945 (position 33.18, 129.21)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kotobuki Maru No.7 (991 GRT, built 1943) west of Hirado Island, Japan in position 33°18'N, 129°21'E.

(All times are zone I, -9)
1118 hours - In position 33°18'N, 129°22'E sighted a freighter clering the southern tip of Ikitsuki Shima bearing 092°(T), range 4000 yards.

1120 hours - Went to battle stations.

1130 hours - The target tracked on a base course of 240°(T), speed 7 knots.

1134 hours - In position 33°18'N, 129°21'E fired four bow torpedoes. One hit was obtained and the target settled quickly by the stern.

1137 hours - Started to retire from the area.

1139 hours - The target was seen to sink.

30 May 1945 (position 38.04, 124.39)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) attacked a small Japanese freighter off the west coast of Korea with a total of six torpedoes. All however missed their target.

(All times are zone I, -9)
0641 hours - In position 38°04'N, 124°40'E sighted smoke bearing 120°(T).

0659 hours - Sighted a small ship bearing 122°(T), range 10000 yards. Went to battle stations.

0727 hours - In position 38°04'N, 124°39'E fired three stern torpedoes from 1300 yards at the target, a small coastal freighter of about 1000 ton. All missed.

0744 hours - Fired three bow torpedoes but at least one of the torpedoes broached and the target turned away.

0754 hours - Secured from battle stations.

4 Jun 1945 (position 38.32, 124.46)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) sinks the Japanese freighter Taiu Maru (2220 GRT, built ????) with torpedoes off the west coast of Korea. She also claimed to have sunk three Japanese schooners with gunfire shortly afterwards.

(All times are zone I, -9)
1441 hours - In position 38°32'N, 124°45'E sighted ship bearing 150°(T), range about 7000 yards.

1442 hours - Went to battle stations.

1450 hours - The target was seen to be a engines aft freighter of about 4000 - 5000 ton.

1507 hours - In position 38°32'N, 124°46'E fired four torpedoes from 650 yards. Two hits were obtained. The target broke in two and sank immediately.

1512 hours - Secured from battle stations.

1535 hours - In position 38°31'N, 124°43'E sighted three four-masted schooners.

1605 hours - Battle stations surface.

1614 hours - Surfaced.

1616 hours - In position 38°30'N, 124°44'E opened fire on the nearest schooner with both 40mm's.

1620 hours - Ceased fire as the target was sinking.

1626 hours - Opened fire on the second schooner with both 40mm's and the 5" gun.

1632 hours - Ceased fire as the target was on fire and sinking.

1635 hours - Opened fire on the third schooner.

1638 hours - One of the crew was shot through the head by rifle fire from the target, another was shot through the leg.

1643 hours - Secured from battle stations and retired from the area. The third target was now also on fire and in a sinking condition.

During the gun actions a total of 8 rounds of 5" and 323 rounds of 40mm were fired.

The crewmember that was shot in the head died early the next morning and was buried at sea. (1)

5 Jun 1945 (position 38.07, 124.38)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) attacked but missed a Japanese freighter or tanker with four torpedoes off the west coast of Korea. All torpedoes missed as the target made a change of course shortly after the torpedoes were fired.

(All times are zone I, -9)
1105 hours - In position 38°08'N, 124°38'E sighted a ship bearing 064°(T), range about 7000 yards.

1120 hours - The target was very difficult to make out against the fog which was thickening.

1126 hours - Lost sight of the target.

1130 hours - Sighted the target again. In position 38°07'N, 124°38'E fired four torpedoes from 1700 yards at a freighter of tanker of about 4000 ton.

1131 hours - The target changed course and all torpedoes missed.

1135 hours - Heard an end of run explosion.

1141 hours - Secured from battle stations.

17 Jun 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway where she was refitted by USS Griffin.

6 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Midway.

7 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Midway.

8 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Midway.

9 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Midway.

12 Jul 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) departed from Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea.

For daily and attack positions for USS Billfish during this patrol see the map below.

21 Jul 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) arrived at Saipan where voyage repairs were undetaken by USS Orion.

23 Jul 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) departed Saipan for her patrol area. She was escorted out, together with USS Tench (Cdr. T.S. Baskett, USN) and USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. B.M. Ganyard, USN) and USS Sea Fox (Cdr. R.C. Klinker, USN).

5 Aug 1945 (position 38.51, 121.39)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) torpedoed and sank Japanese merchant cargo ship Kori Maru (1091 GRT, built 1897) in the Yellow Sea off the Kwantung Peninsula in position 38°51'N, 121°39'E.

(All times are zone I, -9)
1025 hours - Sighted a two-masted trawler close inshore.

1030 hours - In position 38°51'N, 121°40'E sighted a freighter inshore of the trawler at a range of 9000 yards. Also sighted a second freighter following the first one, this one had a patrol boat as escort. Went to battle stations. The first freighter is half loaded, the second freighter is fully loaded and appears larger then the first one so selected this ship as the target.

1103 hours - In position 38°51'N, 121°39'E fired four bow torpedoes at the target which was estimated as being of about 4000 ton. Range was 1500 yards. Three hits were obtained.

1106 hours - The patrol boat turned to seaward so riggers for depth charging an silent running but no counter attack followed.

7 Aug 1945 (position 38.48, 121.23)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) claims the sinking of a small Japanese freighter in the Yellow Sea off the Kwantung Peninsula in position 38°48'N, 121°23'E.

(All times are zone I, -9)
0903 hours - In position 38°46'N, 121°25'E sighted a small freighter close inshore. Changed course to close the beach.

0910 hours - Battle stations.

0923 hours - Sighted a patrol boat as escort for the freighter. He is about 2500 yards to the seaward of the freighter.

0937 hours - The escort passed ahead at a range of only 300 yards. He was not pinging. A tug was now also sighted to be present.

0940 hours - In position 38°48'N, 121°23'E fired four bow torpedoes from 1200 yards at the freighter which was estimated as being about 1200 ton. The first torpedo was seen to broach and the target was turning right. Non the less one torpedo hit was obtained. It threw up a tremendous column of smoke and spray. The target was seen to sink shortly afterwards. Meanwhile rigged for silent running and depth charging but remained at periscope depth to see what the escort was doing.

0948 hours - Depth charging commenced.

1003 hours - The fourth and last depth charge was dropped.

16 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) is ordered to proceed to Pearl Harbour via Midway.

23 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) made a short stop at Midway. She departed for Pearl Harbour later the same day.

27 Aug 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

29 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) departed Pearl Harbour for Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.

13 Sep 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.

15 Sep 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) departed the Panama Canal Zone for New Orleans, Louisiana.

19 Sep 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana from the Panama Canal Zone. She was now assigned to training duties.

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