This is the 13th 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 "Wahoo". It is May 1943 and the submarine "Wahoo" has just returned to Pearl Harbor. Tied to her periscope is a broom, which means she made a clean sweep on the patrol. There are 8 new Japanese flags painted on her conning tower. Waiting on the dock is the Admiral in charge, Phil Tonge, and a news radio reporter, Morris Ankrum.
The ship's crew, led by "Mush Morton" (John Archer) is given leave while the "Wahoo" is refitted for her next patrol. Reporter Ankrum has been assigned to do a story on several of the Navy subs, including "Wahoo". Ankrum meets Captain Morton and really takes a dislike to the man. He finds Morton to be rather arrogant. Morton though is well respected among other submariners as an aggressive leader, with a long list of Japanese ships to his credit.
The "Wahoo" goes out on her next patrol and hits a bad stretch of luck. She has a large number of torpedoes fail to run true or blow up early. After a half dozen or so failed attacks the "Wahoo" returns to base. The sub is promised the first of a new mark of torpedoes arriving from the U.S.A. These all have improved firing pins etc.
The "Wahoo" is sent to an area between Japan and Korea to try out the new gear. She is never heard from again. After several months she is listed as lost with all hands. The episode ends with newsman Ankrum making a radio broadcast about the brave men of, THE SILENT SERVICE.
The cast includes, Brett King, John Close, David Cross and Jerry Paris. Actor Paris would later become a television director of note with close to 300 episodes to his credit.
The "Wahoo" was credited with 16 Japanese ships over 6 wartime patrols. The wreck of the "Wahoo" was discovered in 2006 at a depth of 65 meters.
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