Hell Below (2016): S01E05 – Destroyer Killer

Introduction

Hell Below was a TV series on The Smithsonian Channel produced by Parallax Film Productions Inc.

Outline of Series 01, Episode 05

June, 1944. Six allied commandos spying on Japanese ship movement fall under threat when their covert operation is discovered by the enemy. Stuck in the jungles of occupied Borneo, the only hope for rescuing them is USS Harder, an American Gato Class submarine. To save the operatives, Commander Sam Dealey and his crew ply through waters guarded by a key Japanese Naval base, an act that pits the single submarine against dozens of warships. The daring rescue puts USS Harder’s strength and stealth to the test.

Hell Below Series

You can find the full index of Hell Below episodes here.

Trivia & Goofs

  • As it has many fully restored and working parts, the World War II museum ship Gato-class submarine USS Cod moored in Cleveland, Ohio was used for interior and exterior scenes to depict the USS Tang, U-99 and U-100.
  • The film crew travelled to Laboe, Germany to film in U-995, a Type VII-C U-boat which is now used as a museum.
  • The HMCS Sackville, a small, surface vessel used as a museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was also used.
  • Much of the footage inside the submarines was filmed using hand-held cameras, this was because space was so tight there was often no room for the director.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Ian Herring.
  • Producers: Ian Herring, Maija Leivo, and Carolyn Schmidt.
  • Production: Smithsonian Channel.
  • Release Date: 07 August 2016 (US).
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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