USS FLASHER (SS 249) print
color printPRINTS - LITHOGRAPHS
Electric Boat, Division of General Dynamics
USA, CT, Groton
overall: 8-1/2 x 11 in.; image: 7-3/4 x 10-1/2 in.
Color lithograph; USS FLASHER, SS 249 (built 1943) depicted cruising on surface with successful hits, ship on fire and half-sunk in background, ship on fire and presumably sinking in the far background; printed on bottom center "USS FLASHER (SS 249)"; printed on bottom right "BUILT BY ELECTRIC BOAT, A DIVISION OF GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION"; printed on back "USS FLASHER (SS 249)/ Flasher is a proud example of the World War II fleet-type submarines, the deadly raiders/ which did so much to break the backs of the Japanese naval and merchant fleets. Although/ the submarine force comprised less than 1.6 per cent of the U.S. Navy's total personnel, this group/ accounted for 54.6 per cent of all Japanese tonnage sunk, more than all other allied agencies/ combined./ The score achieved by American submarines, mostly fleet types, was 201 Japanese naval/ vessels and 1,113 merchant ships sunk in the Pacific. Further, they landed saboteurs on enemy/ shores, shelled coastal installations, carried out photo reconnaissance missions, fought surface/ engagements, rescued prisoners and downed fliers, and transported vital supplies to hard-pressed/ island bases./ Flasher herself sank in excess of 100,000 tons of the enemy's fleet, more than any other/ submarine in our Navy. In less than 15 months of combat she listed 21 victims including two/ cruisers, two destroyers, and two tankers of more than 10,000 tons. Like all of the fleet-type/ boats, she displaces about 1,500 tons./ Her wartime armament consisted of 10 torpedo tubes and one deck gun. She is 312 feet in/ length and has a beam of 27 feet. Her surface speed is about 20 knots. Flasher is now in/ 'mothballs' as part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at the U.S. Submarine Base, New London,/ Conn. The Flasher was launched June 20, 1943." Enclosed in portfolio 2003.92.22.