Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

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University of Illinois Press, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 464 pages
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The thunderous roar of exploding depth charges was a familiar and comforting sound to the crew members of the USS Barb, who frequently found themselves somewhere between enemy fire and Davy Jones's locker. Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships - she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey. This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen. And in a fascinating twist, he uses archival documents from the Japanese Navy to give its version of events. The unique story of the Barb begins with its men, who had the confidence to become unbeatable. Each team helped develop innovative ideas, new tactics, and new strategies. All strove for personal excellence, and success became contagious. Instead of lying in wait under the waves, the USS Barb pursued enemy ships on the surface, attacking in the swift and precise style of torpedo boats. She was the first sub to use rocket missiles and to creep up on enemy convoys at night, joining the flank escort line from astern, darting in and out as she sank ships up the column. Surface-cruising, diving only to escape, "Luckey Fluckey" relentlessly patrolled the Pacific, driving his boat and crew to their limits. There can be no greater contrast to modern warfare's long-distance, video-game style of battle than the exploits of the captain and crew of the USS Barb, where the sub, out of ammunition, actually rammed an enemy ship untilit sank. Thunder Below! is a first-rate, true-life, inspirational story of the courage and heroism of ordinary men under fire.
  

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Review: Thunder Below!: The USS *Barb* Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

User Review  - Samuel Weaver - Goodreads

Exciting book! A personal and well told, up-close look at the forgotten service in WWII. Read full review

Review: Thunder Below!: The USS *Barb* Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

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It's a bit like reading a screenplay with log entries in between. Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
The Eighth War Patrol of the USS Barb in the Sea of Okhotsk North of Hokkaido 21 May9 July 1944
1
Polar Circuit
3
Submarines Down?
20
Up in the Clouds
36
Trapped
52
The Royal Hawaiian
63
The Ninth War Patrol of the USS Barb in the South China Sea between Formosa and the Philippines 4 August3 October 1944
75
Corks in the Bottleneck
234
The Galloping Ghost of the China Coast
257
Barb to PearlA Pearl to Barb
278
Intermezzo
287
Be It Ever So Humble
289
Overkill
301
The Twelfth War Patrol of the USS Barb in the Southern Okhotsk Sea North of Hokkaido 8 June2 August 1945
315
Raise a Rumpus
317

From the Frying Pan
77
Into the Fire
88
Singapore Slaves
103
Save the Queenfish
114
Mission of Mercy
120
Search for Survivors
135
Home Run
147
The Tenth War Patrol of the USS Barb in the East China Sea Adjacent Kyushu Japan 27 October25 November 1944
161
Hey Let Me In
163
Piggybacking
178
Rest and Be Thankful?
193
Gooney Birds and Gooney People
213
The Eleventh War Patrol of the USS Barb in the East China Sea Formosa Straits along the China Coast to Wenzhou 20 December 194415 February 1...
225
Jewel for Christmas
227
Terutsuki
330
Little Iwo Jima
342
Oh You Cutie
351
Hear That Train Blow
367
Countdown to Graduation
386
Swan Song
406
Epilogue
415
The Barb Postwar
421
Sailing List in the USS Barb
425
Scoreboard of USS Barb
430
The USS Barbs Final Battle Flag
434
Index
437
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