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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
MOMM 1c William Brewer USN
CPhM John Dytche USN
EM 2c Richard Mckean USN
MOMM 2c Ellis Stevens USN
TM 3c Franklin Reynolds USN
MOMM 1c Frederick Brown USN
CRM James Garner USN
GM 3c Fred Meadows USN
TM 2c Glenn Pinson USN
F 1c Charles Smith USN
RM 1c Kenneth Brown USN
SC 3c William Gauthier USN
MOMM 1c Joseph Medeiros USN
TM 3c Donald Patterson USN
Sea 1c Harold Schroeder USN
CEM Maurice Burress USN
Lt(jg) Charles Glotzbach USN
BM 2c Charles Mitchell USN
MOMM 2c Otto Peckins USN
TM 1c Ferris Wilks USN


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