This is the 26th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.
Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.
This episode is about the U.S.S. "Barb". The "Barb" was a highly decorated ship with an impressive war record. The "Barb" completed 12 wartime patrols sinking 17 Japanese ships totalling 96,628 tons.
This episode deals with the last two wartime patrols of the "Barb". It is Feb 1945 and the "Barb" is on patrol in the East China Sea off Formosa. There are reports of a large Japanese convoy hugging the coast. The "Barb" sneaks into an anchorage and spots a large group of ships. The "Barb" fires all 10 torpedoes into the gathered ships. The submarine records 8 hits out of the 10 torpedoes fired.
The submarine is now sent back to the States for a refit. The submarine is fitted out for one more patrol with rocket launchers for shore bombardment added. In July 1945 the "Barb" is sent into the waters off the north of Japan. The submarine launches 4 separate rocket attacks on various Japanese coastal towns. Then she lands a shore party to plant explosives on a railway bridge destroying the next train. This landing was the only time American Forces operated on Japan proper during WW2.
The Captain of the "Barb" , Eugene Fluckly, was awarded the Medal Of Honor for his exploits. The "Barb" was one of the few American submarines that operated in the European Theater of Operations. She completed 5 patrols during 1942 and 1943 while based in Scotland. It was in the Pacific Theater where the "Barb" and her crew really scored big.
The "Barb" was placed in reserve in 1947 before being transferred to the Italian Navy in 1954. She was returned to the U.S. in 1972 and sold for scrap.
The cast is made up of Patrick McVey, Richard Keith, Stanley Adams, L.Q. Jones and Leonard (Mr. Spock) Nimoy. Adams is one of those character players one can never put a name to. He will always be remembered for his guest star bit in the popular STAR TREK episode, THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES.
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