Posted by Rebekah
Dec 02 2010

It’s been quite  a long time.  Sorry.  I have two small children which means that the moment you make plans to travel to see family for the holidays, they must get sick…and cranky…and trade diseases back and forth until new and more disgusting varieties emerge…oh the joys of motherhood.  I’ve been busy with that and of course Thanksgiving.  I’m just glad we only have to bring soup and pies and not hold it here.  Eep!

But it was a great holiday, and I got to see most of the family.  It’s a blast.  I hope most of yours were as fun too.

I’ve started receiving items from family members, which are wonderful in revealing the character of the Flier.  One particular postcard must have been truly nerve wracking for the family…but I’ll share that when Flier passes through the Panama Canal…which she will in just a day or so.

Back to the Deck Logs.  There are just too man yto post, and literally, of the 20 that I could post to technically catch up, eight say “Underway, No Administrative Remarks”.  There’s some thrilling reading.  Several more simply note that Flier is moored at the sub base, took muster, raised colors, went out on an exercise, came back, retired colores, and reported everything to the OOD.  Another thrilling day.  When not under attack or attacking someone, submarine life was REALLY boring.  At least officially.

So I’ve pulled the interesting ones from the days we missed.

Between November 10 and November 15, nothing much happened.  A number of sailors reported aboard Flier for a day’s patrol and training runs, but left at the end of the day, so there were no permanent additions to Flier’s crew.

There is an interesting anomaly in the Deck Log:  The page for November 15 is missing.  It’s been cut from Lt. Liddell’s copy of the deck log (created sometime after declassification in 1968 and before his death in 2001.)  whether by the National Archives of Lt. Liddell is unknown, but the missing page was not found in Liddell’s library.  What’s really interesting, is Flier leaves the Submarine Base on November 14, and is still underway the 16th adn 17th until she returns on the 18th.  So what’s on that page?  The actual deck log is located in Naval Records Archives in Baltimore, but being a thousand miles from there, I can’t tell.  But it could be anything: a U-Boat sighting, or “Underway as before, no remarks”.

So here’s the first page I decided to post today.  It’s from 21 November 1944.

The notable thing here is Edwin Canady arrived aboard.

So that was for the Canady family.  Then, another infusion of crew happene don 23 November.  Payne, Skow and Dolshea reported aboard.

Chester Payne, Alvin Skow and another man reported aboard today. She's getting ready to leave.The third man, Dolshea, must have transferred off at some point, for he is not listed in Flier's second patrol list. In addition, provided he stuck with submarines, he likely survived the war, for he is not listed in the On Eternal Patrol database.

And finally, today a James Johnston was transferred off of Flier, and Flier was underway at 1130 pm. What this doesn't tell you is that Flier is now underway for the Panama Canal and then to Pearl Harbor.

Today, 67 years ago, Flier ported in Panama for the crossing of the Canal. For the next four months for some reason, the deck logs will be handwritten and far more detailed than before. We'll learn about just how many drills and things that happened. We'll also get more details about the crew.

Since that Deck Log is difficult to read (you have no idea how many filters nad monkeying I had to do in Photoshop to read some of that writing) I took the liberty of transcribing it earlier.  I’ll post the transcriptions with the deck logs for those truly interested in what they say.


Thursday, 2 December 1943

Pg. 46

Zone Description +4


Underway in accordance with COMTASKFOR 25 operation order #180-43 on course 226° T making standard speed (15 knts) using two M.E. conducting battery charge using one M.E. 0135 Secured from battery charge and one M.E.

J.W. Liddell, Lt. USNR


Underway as before.  0703 Made…course 226° T  0740 Surfaced …

J.E. Casey


Underway as before.  1128 Sighted land bearing –6° T distance 16 miles.  1145 Changed base course to 24-° T

B.J. Germershausen


Underway as before.  1215 Sighted merchant vessel bearing 255° T on opposite and parallel course.  Steering various courses and speeds to pass well clear.  1230 Set clock to +5 zone time.  1252 Steaded on course 135° T to close west vessel.  1305 Steering various courses and speeds conforming to rules for entering CRISTOBAL HARBOR . 1443 Various courses and speeds enetering – of COCA SOLA Naval Operating Base/  1502 Moored starboard side to another submarine on west side of Pier A. NAVAL OPERATING BASE, COCA SOLA C.Z.

J. W. Liddell  Lt. USNR


Moored as before


Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

2 Responses

  1. Sharon Scriven-Iwanick says:

    RE: DOLSHEA, John
    [Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards. 1777-1999]
    DOLSHEA, John. b. 8-29-1914. d. 6-14-1984. Veteran of, SS# 172-32-6497. SN# 265-74-17. U.S. Navy. Torpedoman 1/class. Date of Service: 5-5-1936 to Dec. 1955. WWII & Korea. Cremated. Allegheny Co.

  2. David says:

    BJ Germershausen is my grandfather. I’d like to connect. Please tell me who to contact . . .?

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