Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War
During WW2, Lt. Rip Crandall, who was a yachtsman before the war, takes command of the USS Echo, a sailing ship, for a secret mission in waters patrolled by Japanese warships.
As "Echo" is leaving "Somewhere In the South Pacific" for Port Moresby the two Navy ships that nearly run "Echo" down appear to be the USS Epperson (ship leaving harbor at same time as "Echo") and the USS Renshaw (DD499) which was launched in Oct 1942
The stern number on the ship leaving harbor is 719 and a search indicates this is the USS Epperson and she was not launched until 1945, three years too late for the time frame of the movie.
The stern number on the ship entering the harbor appears to be 499 which is the "Renshaw". She was launched in 1942 and could have served in the SW Pacific in time for Echo.
If you remember Pearl Harbor, you'll recall that in the year that followed the Japanese were almost invincible. Early in 1943, however, they were checked. Stopped cold by the Marines at Guadalcanal, the Navy in the Coral Sea, and the Allied armies ...
The aircraft that flies Lt. Crandall (Lemmon) from the carrier to his new assignment on the Echo appears to be an S-2 Tracker or it's variant, the C-1 Trader. Both planes first saw service in the mid 1950s, several years after the time frame of the movie.
Opening credits: THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY...................IN THE ARMY?