Hellcats Of The Sea – paperback – By Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr., and Colonel Hans Christian Adamson








“HELLCATS Of The SEA” By Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr., USN (Ret.) and Colonel Hans Christian Adamson, USAF (Ret.). Foreword by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN. Until sunset on June 9, 1945, the Sea of Japan had been Emperor Hirohito’s private ocean. For all practical purposes, World War II had never yet reached the Sea of Japan. On that day, all hell broke loose. The torpedoes of American submarines suddenly appeared on all sides. The subs fired scores of fish into dozens of Japanese freighters––shelled cargo sampans and fishing vessels, paralyzed maritime operations between Japan and Korea, and dealt a shattering blow to Japan’s will to fight. In a top-secret mission named “Operation Barney,” Admiral Charles Lockwood (ComSubPac) sent nine American Fleet Submarines on this daring and perilous patrol into the Sea of Japan. Each boat was equipped with a brand-new secret electronic weapon designed to detect enemy mines. A formidable wolf pack of competent submarine sailors––but only the sub officers knew the plans for Operation Barney. For 15 days the U.S. submarines had a hell-raising in the Sea of Japan, sinking 28 Japanese ships totaling some 70,000 tons. Sadly one of the boats, USS Bonefish (SS-223) was lost during this patrol. Here in “Hellcats of the Sea” is the compete story of Operation Barney, from its early planning stages to its end, when the last of the American boats exited the Sea of Japan. Authors Charles Lockwood and Hans Adamson turn out another exciting, true story on American submarine action in World War II. 1988 Paperback, 269 pages, with many illustrations. 2 maps, a crew roster for each submarine but no photos or index. Long out of print and now difficult to find.

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The Authors:

Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr. USN (Ret.): Born in 1890, Lockwood graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1912. In 1914, he entered the submarine service and spent most of 39 years in submersibles. As a Three-Star Vice Admiral, Lockwood was Commander Submarines, Pacific (ComSubPac) in World War II. He has written the story of our Pacific submarine operations in his widely read “Sink ‘Em All.” He coauthors several other books with Col Hans Christian Adamson, USAF (Ret.), including “Hellcats of the Sea” and “Zoomies, Subs and Zeros.”

Colonel Hans Christian Adamson, USAF, (Ret.): Like his coauthor, Charles Lockwood, Col Hans Adamson was also born in 1890. In 1942, Adamson was on a flight over the Pacific in a B-17 Flying Fortress. Off course and running low on fuel the 4-engine bomber was forced to ditch in the sea. Among the crew was famed World War I fighter ace, 52 year old Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and six others. The men drifted on rubber rafts for 23 days before being rescued. As Chief of the USAF Personnel Narrative Office, Colonel Adamson directed the collection and writing of all the human interest history of the Army Air Force in all theatres of war––frequently under most hazardous conditions. He coauthors several other books with Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood, USN (Ret.), including “Through Hell And Deep Water” and “Hell At 50 Fathoms.”


Other books of interest:

Final Dive

Hell Above Deep Water Below

The Last Patrol

Return From The River Kwai

Submarine Commander

Sub Duty

The Terrible Hours

Undersea Victory

US Submarine Crewman 1941-45

U.S. Submarine Attacks During World War II

U.S. Submarine Losses


Wake of the Wahoo

War Fish


Other books by Charles A. Lockwood, Jr:

Down To The Sea In Subs

Hell At 50 Fathoms

Hellcats Of The Sea

Sink ‘Em All

Through Hell And Deep Water

Tragedy At Honda

Zoomies Subs And Zeros

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