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Quote1 If we can catch the U-1 in the open sea we'll attack it. It will be either them or us. But I've never seen a U-boat we couldn't sink! Quote2
William "Wild Bill" Dunn

Military Comics #16 is an issue of the series Military Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1943.

Appearing in Blackhawk: "Blackhawk Vs. the Fox"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • British Army

Locations:

  • Libya, in North Africa
    • Dalwhi Oasis
    • Sidi Raffa
      • Haupt's Villa, 20 miles away

Vehicles:

  • seven Blackhawk Grumman XF5F Skyrocket (one is destroyed)
  • many Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf-109s (most or all are destroyed)

Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Blackhawk Vs. the Fox"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Appearing in Sniper: "Stalemate"

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Other Characters:

  • Neferu, Defender of Egypt, 2937 BC (Mentioned only)
    • (defeated the invading Khitans)
  • Temket, dynastic descendent

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Spitfire fighters
  • American dive bombers
  • Twink's biplane
  • British tank (Destroyed)
  • German tanks
  • American medium bombers
  • Allied tanks

Synopsis for Sniper: "Stalemate"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Blue Tracer: "The U-1"

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Antagonists:

  • German Navy
    • U-1 crew (Dies)
    • Nazi elite guard (Dies)
    • Nazi driver

Other Characters:

  • Baroness von Kist, agent X-6

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Blue Tracer (Final appearance)
  • The U-1 (Destroyed)
  • Hitler's speedboat

Synopsis for Blue Tracer: "The U-1"

Hitler's greatest submarine, the U-1, has out-lived many sister ships and continues to ravage the northern sea lanes, by being fast enough to evade Allied planes and warships. The Blue Tracer can destroy it if it's caught in open ocean, but mostly it hides in an impregnable submarine base under the coast of France. They need a plan. British Intelligence arranges for Wild Bill Dunn and Boomerang Jones to meet up with their secret agent X-6, Baroness von Kist.

By night, Boomerang Jones parachutes into the Baroness' chateau in northern France. He lands in the forest outside the place, and she meets him there, and conveys him inside via a secret tunnel, and equips him with a disguise, as Adolf Hitler. She claims to have gotten rid of the real baroness, and to be agent X-6. When an elite guard barges in on them, X-6 grabs Jones up close and smooches him hard. The guard is literally mortally embarrassed, and shoots himself as soon as he steps out of the room. The Baroness and her date then get into a staff car and she orders the driver to proceed to the submarine pen, for an inspection visit. X-6 hands Jones a note, in German, for the captain of the U-1. Following these orders, the U-boat submerges and stations itself at the bottom of the English Channel, and awaits further orders. But from Hitler's own speedboat, Boomerang Jones has hooked a cable onto the sub's superstructure, and it has towed the launch along.

The following morning, the Blue Tracer zooms onto the scene, and drops a barrel onto the surface, which Jones attaches to the cable on the U-boat, marking the sub's location. Jones and von Kist race away in the speedboat, and the Blue Tracer plunges into the Channel and annihilates the U-1.

Appearing in Phantom Clipper: "The Ghost Subs"

Featured Characters:

  • Yankee Clippers: (Final appearance)
    • Lieutenant "Tiger" Shark, USN (Final appearance)
    • Captain Seth Parker, formerly Perkins (has a peg leg) (Final appearance)
    • Jewaldri, Cook (Final appearance)
    • Lt. Robert Barrow (Only appearance; dies)

Antagonists:

  • Baron Von Volf (Dies)
  • Commodore Carl Von Kirpitz (Dies)
  • Capt. Manfred Steidler (Dies)
    • their crews

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Phantom Clipper (Final appearance)
    • motor launch w/ two torpedo tubes
  • five "Ghost Subs" (at least four are destroyed)
    • KMS Brunhilde
    • KMS Schorstein
    • three more
  • German amphibious biplane bomber

Synopsis for Phantom Clipper: "The Ghost Subs"

Lieutenant Robert Barrow gets court martialed and kicked out of the U.S.Navy, for drunkenness, and that night, after a very short bar fight, he gets kidnapped and shanghaied onto the Phantom Clipper, by Lieutenant "Tiger" Shark. The Phantom Clipper puts to sea, hunting a particular pack of U-boats in the North Atlantic.

Next morning, at sea, attracted by the sound of cannonfire, the Clipper encounters a sinking freighter and some lifeboats. The lifeboats are full of machinegun-riddled corpses. Lt. Barrow claims to know where the German Navy's secret sub base is. The two lieutenants dislike each other intensely, but Barrows sells his fantastic story to Shark and the Captain. According to Barrow, several supposedly-dead commanders of several supposedly-sunk submarines are actually still alive, and working from a secret base, in a reef-infested area of the world's northern waters. Only a small boat, or a submarine, could safely navigate this region. The Phantom Clipper carries a small boat, armed with torpedoes, and the two lieutenants use it to scout out the secret anchorage. They are spotted by a lookout, and Barrow dives overboard, swimming into the mooring area, where he finds, boards, and steals a German amphibious biplane bomber. Meanwhile Tiger Shark sinks two submarines then zigzags past the reef, from which vantage point he sees Barrows destroy at least one more sub by bombing them, and then (mortally wounded by antiaircraft fire) crash the bomber onto a final sub, destroying it as well. Shark changes his opinion of Barrows, and when he returns to Norfolk, he tells that to their superiors as well.

Appearing in Pacific Patrol: "The Airacobras"

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Synopsis for Pacific Patrol: "The Airacobras"

Two patrol planes spot and attack an enemy submarine off the coast of Washington.

Appearing in Private Dogtag: "The Three Granites"

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Synopsis for Private Dogtag: "The Three Granites"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Shot and Shell: "Ali Pasha and the Tax Problem"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Axis Agent (wears a monocle)
  • Ali Pasha
    • Bodyguard

Other Characters:

  • Ali Pasha's Thirty Wives

Locations:

Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "Ali Pasha and the Tax Problem"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Secret War News: "Convoy Attack"

Characters:

  • Captain Ezra Walters, Captain, Black Castle
    • Tommy Carroll, First Mate, Black Castle
      • crew, Black Castle

Villains:

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Vehicles:

  • fifty Allied cargo ships, (thirty-five sunk in German version)
  • [unreported number] Allied escorting warships, (six sunk in German version)
  • [secret number] Allied cargo ships (one destroyed)
    • S.S. Black Castle (damaged)
  • [secret number] Allied oil tankers (one destroyed)
  • [unknown number] German submarines (two, possibly three, destroyed)
  • [secret number] U.S. destroyers
  • [secret number] Canadian sub chasers
  • two German Kurier heavy bombers (one or more destroyed)
  • at least three German "Heinkelm-K" torpedo bombers (three destroyed)
  • [unreported number] German Focke Wulf 190 escort fighters (one or more destroyed)
  • [unreported number] German JU-88 dive bombers
  • five Heinkel He 177 torpedo planes (three destroyed)
  • [secret number] Allied corvettes (one destroyed)

Synopsis for Secret War News: "Convoy Attack"

German and American radio networks tell different versions of the same story, about an attack on a convoy in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Notes

  • Blackhawk vs The Fox is reprinted in The Blackhawk Archives, Volume One.
    • General Hans Haupt, alias the Fox, is based on real-life Nazi general Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox.
    • The Blackhawks appearing in this issue will henceforward be the permanent squadron roster.
    • Olaf deliberately crashes his Skyrocket into an enemy fighter plane.
    • Andre gets multiple gunshot wounds, for the second time.[1]
  • Last issue for the Blue Tracer by Fred Guardineer.
    • One more submarine is destroyed.
  • Last issue for Phantom Clipper by Andre LeBlanc.
    • "Tiger" Shark actually kidnaps Barrow.
    • The old crew is back, or at least the peg-legged Captain Seth Parker/Perkins and the plump cook Jewaldri.
    • Four or five more submarines are destroyed.
  • Secret War News
    • "This is an actual story based upon inside facts gathered from U.S.N. Information Bureaus."
  • In Shot and Shell, Colonel Shell's walking stick is sliced in half by a Turkish swordsman.
  • The Sniper no longer narrates his own stories.
    • The Sniper knows how to drive a tank.
    • Temket shows up, out in the desert, wearing a slinky nightclub dress. She works as a dancer at the Continental Garden, in Cairo.
    • The German tank column is destroyed after it emerges from Neferu's secret tunnel, which apparently is still there, or at least doesn't get destroyed in this battle. The north end of this tunnel is at Neferu's Tomb, near the Mediterranean Coast, and the south end is in the Quattara Depression.
  • Also featured in this issue of Military Comics were:
    • "Down To Earth" (text story)

Trivia

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