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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c John Bogert USN
RM 3c Bernard Duesler USN
Sea 1c James Mallan USN
MOMM 1c Linwood Thompson USN
RC 2c Julian Rudek USN
SC 1c Ralph Boucher USN
QM 2c Arthur Eaton USN
CMOMM Jack Mckenzie USN
Sea 1c Robert Swank USN
Sea 1c Ernest Ross USN
TM 1c Thomas Boyd USN
Sea 1c Thoma Eck USN
RM 2c Mack Mckennon USN
GM 3c William Stewart USN
TM 2c George Ricketts USN
MOMM 1c William Brewer USN
CPhM John Dytche USN
EM 2c Richard Mckean USN
MOMM 2c Ellis Stevens USN
TM 3c Franklin Reynolds USN


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