Navy Log (1955–1958)
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The Death of Dillinger-San 

Tells the story of the decision to go after and attack Admiral Yamamoto while he was an inspection tour of Japanese forces in the Pacific.


(as Sam Gallu)


(created by) (as Sam Gallu), (screen play by) (as Allan E. Sloane)


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Jordan ...
Adm. Spruance
Navy Captain
William Allyn ...
Capt. Smith
Maj. Weatherby
Richard Newton ...
Michael Garrett ...
Harrison (as Mike Garrett)
Narrator (voice)

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Tells the story of the decision to go after and attack Admiral Yamamoto while he was an inspection tour of Japanese forces in the Pacific.

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17 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Admiral Yamamoto is Ambushed
2 January 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

NAVY LOG : "The Death of Dillinger San 1956

NAVY LOG was a series that ran from 1955 to 1958. It was an anthology series based on real stories and exploits of the U.S. Navy during WW2, The Korean War and the then current, Cold War. The series ran for a total of 102 episodes. The series features plenty of just unclassified footage of various naval actions etc. The Navy was more than happy to help with tech and film footage.

This particular episode is the first of the second season productions. The U.S. Navy has intercepted top secret radio messages from the Japanese High Command to their base at Rabaul on New Britain Island. It seems that the top Admiral in the Japanese Navy, Yamamoto, is doing an inspection of various bases in the Solomon Islands. The U.S. Admiral in charge, Nimitz, strongly suggests that they should ambush the man.

The problem for the Navy is that they have no carriers in the area. But the Army has long range P-38 Lightning fighters based at Guadalcanal. The Army is ordered to cooperate with the Navy and set up the ambush.

The trick here is timing, the Army fighters will be flying at the extreme end of their range. They will only have a limited loiter time in the kill area. They do have Yamamoto's arrival time at a local Japanese base.

The timing is perfect and the ambush comes off with minimal U.S. losses. Yamamoto's transport and several of the escorting Zeros are flamed.

The cast is made up of, Selmer Jackson, Jack Jordon, Robert Knapp, Robert Carson and in an early role, Stuart Whitman.

Not bad for a low budget production. Military history buffs will enjoy the all the assorted combat footage used to pad out the runtime. The title, Dillinger San refers to the code name for Admiral Yamamoto.

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