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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 4, 1945
Air Attacks near Palawan Passage
On January 27, 1945, Barbel was ordered to form a wolf pack with Perch (SS-313) and Galiban (SS-252). ... Enroute to the rendezvous, she reported numerous aircraft contacts and that she had been attacked three times with depth charges. She planned to transmit another message the following night, but nothing further was heard from Barbel or her crew. ... Postwar analysis of Japanese records notes an aircraft attack on a submarine southwest of Palawan on 4 February. The pilot dropped two bombs, with one hitting near the conning tower. A cloud of fire and spray was seen, and the submarine disappeared. ... This is almost certainly the attack that sank Barbel.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 81

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c William Adams USN
EM 1c Orville Anderson USN
RM 3c Fred Averill USN
EM 2c E. Bailey USN
MOMM 2c William Becker USN
Sea 1c John Bodenrader USN
Sea 1c John Bogert USN
SC 1c Ralph Boucher USN
TM 1c Thomas Boyd USN
MOMM 1c William Brewer USN
MOMM 1c Frederick Brown USN
RM 1c Kenneth Brown USN
CEM Maurice Burress USN
Lt(jg) David Burton USN
LCdr William Butler USN
MOMM 3c Darrell Carnahan USN
TM 3c Duane Christian USN
MOMM 2c Ned Cook USN
MOMM 2c William Creasy USN
MOMM 3c Kenneth Currier USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)