Barbel (SS 316)


Lieutenant Commander C.L. Raguet
Barbel, commanded by Lieutenant Commander C.L. Raguet, departed Fremantle for her fourth war patrol on 5 January 1945. She proceeded to Exmouth Gulf, conducting training exercises enroute. Having topped off with fuel, she left Exmouth Gulf on 8 January, and proceeded via Lombok Strait, Java Sea and Karimata Strait to patrol an area in the South China Sea. At dark on 16 February she was to leave her area and commence her return to Fremantle.

On 13 January, Barbel was directed to join Bluegill and Bream in covering the western approaches to Balabac Strait. On 27 January she was ordered to form a wolfpack with Perch and Gabilan and cover the western approaches to Balabac and southern en-trance to Palawan Passage.

On 3 February 1945 Barbel sent a message to Tuna, Blackfin and Gabilan reporting numerous aircraft contacts daily.

Barbel had been attacked by aircraft three times with depth charges, and would transmit a message "tomorrow night" giving information. This was the last contact with Barbel. Tuna reported on 6 February 1945 that she had been unable to contact Barbel for 48 hours, and that she had ordered her to rendezvous at 7°-30'N, 115°-30'E on 7 February. The rendezvous was not accomplished and Tuna reported her search unsuccessful on 7 February 1945.

USS Barbel Down the Ways, 11 November 1943 Japanese records indicate that on 4 February 1945 a plane attacked a submarine in position 7°-49.5'N, 116°-47.5'E scoring one hit near the bridge with one of two bombs dropped. It appears almost certain that this attack sank Barbel.

Barbel sank 10 ships for 55,200 tons and damaged two ships for 14,000 tons during her three completed patrols. Her first was made in the Nansei Shoto chain. She sank three medium freighters, a large freighter of 19,600 tons, and a large tanker. In the same area on her second patrol, Barbel sank a freighter and two escort vessels. She also damaged another freighter and a tanker. During her third patrol, conducted in the South China Sea, Barbel sank two medium freighters.

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Submarine insignia.

U.S.S. Barbel (SS-316)
Name Rate   Name Rate
Adams, William H.
Anderson, W. Orville
Averill, Fred C., Jr.
Bailey, Allen F.
Becker, William F.
Bodenrader, John E.
Bogert, John W.
Boucher, Ralph I.
Boyd, Thomas R.
Brewer, William B., Jr
Brown, Frederick V.
Brown, Kenneth D.
Burress, Maurice T.
Burton, D.W.
Butler, William M.
Carnahan, Darrell K.
Christian, Duane V.
Cook, Ned C.
Creasy, William L.
Currier, Kenneth A.
Duesler, Bernard E.
Dunn, Martin P.
Dytche, John R.
Eaton, Arthur W., Jr.
Eck, Thomas J.
Fielding, Carl R.
Garner, James E.
Gauthier, William R.
Glotzbach, C.G.
Goforth, Leon H.
Goodman, C.L., Jr.
Griffin, John J.
Harris, D.S.
Kaiser, Robert O.
Kelley, John F.
Kneisel, E.B.
Kohrs, Franklin B., Jr.
Krouse, William W.
Lange, Salvatore J.
Lingel, Thomas W., Jr.
Mallan, James F.
S1
EM1
RM3
EM2
MoMM2
S1
S1
SC1
TM1
MoMM1
MoMM1
RM1
CEM
LTJG
LCDR
MoMM3
TM3
MoMM2
MoMM2
MoMM3
RM3
S1
CPhM
QM2
S1
EM3
CRM
SC3
LTJG
CY
LCDR-XO
SC2
LT
EM3
EM1
LT
CMoMM
F1
TM3
QM1
S1
    McKean, Richard O.
McKennon, Mack
McKenzie, Jack M.
Meadows, Fred N.
Medeiros, Joseph D., Jr.
Meldazis, Raymond C.
Miller, Clarence R.
Mintken, Warren H.
Mitchell, Charles A.
Nasser, Neal M.
Oddo, Paul M.
Okerblom, Samuel
Olsen, James P.L.
Patterson, Donald J.
Peckins, Otto M.
Pinson, Glen A.
Porach, Robert J.
Porter, Morse, Jr.
Pull, John P.
Raguet, Condé L.
Reynolds, Franklin
Ricketts, George A.
Ross, Ernest L.
Rudek, Julian
Sarkady, Lester R.
Schroeder, Harold L.
Smith, Charles R.
Stevens, Ellis H.
Stewart, William G.
Swank, Robert L.
Thompson, Lionel E., Jr.
Thornton, Nathaniel
Tiffany, William M.
Toth, James
Ulrich, William N.
Van Ringelesteyn, N.J.
Wallis, Fred A., Jr.
Wharton, Arthur J.
Wheat, Joseph G.
Wilks, Ferris W.
EM2
RM2
CMoMM
GM3
MoMM1
SM1
CEM
MoMM2
Cox
TM3
EM3
MoMM3
RT1
TM2
MoMM2
TM2
EM2
S1
ENS
LCDR-CO
TM3
TM2
S1
FC2
F1
S1
F1
MoMM2
GM3
S1
MoMM1
StM1
LTJG
TM3
S1
QM3
EM3
StM1
F1
TM1

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Air-Sea Rescue - Painting by Vandos
Air-Seas Rescue - Painting by Vandos

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