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Sub An oral history of u.s. navy submarines,
This review is from: Sub: An Oral History of US Navy Submarines (Paperback)
The book is full of errors. It is supposed to be submarine sailors telling their own stories. Stan Nicholls states "We surfaced and manned the five-inch thirty-eight. Submarine never carried 5"38's. Early boats had a long barrel 5"-51, and by war's end they all had 5" 25's. A Thomas Innocente writes from his 1962 sub school days "We took our sea school on old fleet boats from the 1920's and 30's. All pre war submarines were decommissioned at the end of world war II. The boats in New London in the 60's were all Gato,Balao,and Tench class. A Lieutenant Commander named Chris Kreiss writes "they had experimental equipment for making fresh water called a Kleinschmidt. A Kleinschmidt is a instrument used to test purity of the battery water, not make water. If LCDR Kreiss said this he should turn in his dolphins. There are many misidentified photo's. Page 200 caption says The USS Sturgeon (SS 637) (should be SSN), and the boat in the photo is the USS Parche not the Sturgeon. A Harry Jacob Jefferson is quoted as saying the mess deck on the USS Sablefish was in the after engine room. The mess deck on all diesel electric submarines in the US Navy is in the after battery. A Wade Thode says "the 636's andn 637' all had bow planes. But by the late seventies and partway through the eighties, they were moved to sail planes..All the 637 class submarines were built with Sail planes. The only boats built with bow planes that had them moved to the sail were the three Barbel class boats that were diesel electric with tear drop hulls like the nukes. Photo on Page 252 says USS Ohio (SSBN 726) the photo is of a Washington class
SSBN not an Ohio class. Chris Kreiss also mentions a boat named Prado. We had no sub by that name. A Joseph McGrievy is quoted as saying the USS Sailfish was the old USS Whalen. There never was a Whalen the sailfish was the USS Squalis that sank, and was raised and renamed the Sailfish. There are many Hull number errors. Stan Nicholls keeps calling the USS Buffalo (SSN 681) The Buffalo is SSN 715, 681 is the Batfish. The photo on page 56 says it's the USS Reuben james FFG 57, but the photo is a British built Leander class Frigate not the James. Again to Kreiss in mentions a boat he calls Toffey...Again no boat named Toffey....