Wilks, Ferris Washington, TM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
Service Years
1937 - 1945
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Olympia,WA
Last Address
Olympia,WA

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
Submarine War Patrols
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity
On 3 February BARBEL sent a message to GABILAN, USS TUNA (SS-203), and USS BLACKFIN (SS-322) stating that she had been bombed by enemy aircraft three times that day and would transmit again the following night with more information. But no transmission came. On 6 February, TUNA indicated that she had been unable to raise BARBEL for 48 hours and requested a rendezvous with her sister sub on the following day. BARBEL didn’t show. The navy declared her overdue and presumed lost on 16 February, the day on which she was scheduled to leave her patrol area.

Japanese records examined after the war state that on 4 February a plane dropped two bombs on a surfaced sub, scoring one hit near the bridge. The crew of the aircraft watched the sub, on fire, plunge beneath the waves. It did not return to the surface. It is almost certain that the sub was BARBEL.

Eighty-one men were lost with their boat, the recipient of three battle stars for her World War II service
   
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Submarine War Patrols
From Month/Year
December / 1941
To Month/Year
September / 1945

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My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1945
To Month/Year
September / 1945
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Fourth patrol

Barbel departed Fremantle, Australia on 5 January 1945 for the South China Sea on her fourth patrol. Late in January, she was ordered to form a wolf pack with Perch and Gabilan and patrol the western approaches to Balabac Strait and the southern entrance to Palawan Passage. On 3 February, Barbel sent a message reporting that she had been attacked three times by enemy aircraft dropping depth charges and would transmit further information on the following night.

Barbel was never heard from again.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  158 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971)
  • Betty, Charles, PO2, (1941-1945)
  • Gray, Louis, CAPT, (1940-1960)
  • Kaiser, Herbert, PO2, (1943-1945)
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