Operation Petticoat

Factual error: Atop the desk in the Captain's stateroom is a model of a 5"/25 wet mount gun. The 5"/25 was designed for, and mounted on, U.S submarines; however, it was not introduced into service until 1944, and this is set at the start of World War 2.

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Factual error: When Chief Tostin and Major Heywood are arguing in the engine room, Tostin says "I'm a machinist's mate, not a laundry feeler!" Actually, his rating would have been motor machinist's mate (later changed to engineman); machinist's mates work with steam propulsion plants, not diesel engines.

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Factual error: Lt. Holden and his men raid a warehouse on the night of 10 December 1941. When Holden is confronted by an MP, he explains his blackened face by saying it was a directive from Admiral Nimitz. However, at the time, Admiral Kimmel was in command of the Pacific Fleet. Nimitz was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in Washington, and did not replace Kimmel until 17 December.

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A sailor goes out on the luau covered deck to get his guitar, during an air raid. He lays down while a Zero strafes the deck hitting his guitar, which goes flying into the air toward the camera and lands about 10 feet from the sailor. In the next shot, the sailor kneels up and grabs his guitar which has appeared right next to him.

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Operation Petticoat was filmed at the US Naval Base in Key West Fla. They actually did paint a submarine pink. I was attending the Fleet Sonar School on the base at the time and watched with great interest. The submarine used was the U.S.S. Balao (SS-285), which was still in commission at the time.

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