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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 ascending Service Branch
TM 1c Ferris Wilks USN
F 1c Joseph Wheat USN
StM 1c Arthur Wharton USN
EM 3c Fred Wallis USN
QM 3c Nicholas Vanringelesteyn USN
Sea 1c William Ulrich USN
TM 3c James Toth USN
Lt(jg) William Tiffany USN
StM 1c Nathaniel Thornton USN
MOMM 1c Linwood Thompson USN
Sea 1c Robert Swank USN
GM 3c William Stewart USN
MOMM 2c Ellis Stevens USN
F 1c Charles Smith USN
Sea 1c Harold Schroeder USN
F 1c Lester Sarkady USN
RC 2c Julian Rudek USN
Sea 1c Ernest Ross USN
TM 2c George Ricketts USN
TM 3c Franklin Reynolds USN


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