This is the 58th 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. "Tinosa". It is June 1945 and the "Tinosa" is heading out on her 11th wartime patrol. She is to be part of a wolf-pack making a concentrated attack in the Sea of Japan. On the way to her patrol area, the submarine picks up the crew of a B-29 that had been forced to ditch after a raid on Japan.
The submarines in the wolf-pack are equipped with new sonar gear. This is to allow them to work their way through the Japanese mined areas. On June 12th the wolf-pack strikes wreaking havoc on the Japanese merchant fleet. The Japanese had believed themselves safe in the area because of the defensive minefields. The "Tinosa" would sink 4 vessels and heavily damage another during this particular patrol.
The "Tinosa" would complete 12 patrols sinking at least 16 Japanese ships totalling over 60,000 tons. The "Tinosa" served until 1953 when she was decommissioned. The "Tinosa" was finally expended as an anti-submarine warfare target off Hawaii in November 1960.
The cast in this episode is made up of Murray Hamilton, Brett Halsey, Britt Lomond, William Phipps and Jimmy Murphy.
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