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    Heavy Cruiser USS Tuscaloosa was based at the Scapa Flow for joint operations with the Royal Navy.
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    Heavy Cruiser USS Wichita
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    My grandpa served on the USS Wichita
     
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    Do you know if he was on board when the Wichita was part of the Convoy_PQ_17 escort? That was a rough trip.
     
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    Not sure would have to ask when I get back to the US, he was on quite a few ships. He was moved to the USS Worcester after the Wichita was decommissioned and one other ship that may have been between those two actually. Will have to find out some more!
     
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    #5 stug3, Jul 7, 2013
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    On June 4, 1945, Pittsburgh began to fight a typhoon which by early next day had increased to 70-knot (130 km/h) winds and 100-foot (30 m) waves. Shortly after her starboard scout plane had been lifted off its catapult and dashed onto the deck by the wind, Pittsburgh's second deck buckled, her bow structure thrust upward, and then wrenched free. Miraculously, not a man was lost. Now her crew's seamanship saved their own ship. Still fighting the storm, and maneuvering to avoid being rammed by the drifting bow-structure, Pittsburgh was held quarter-on to the seas by engine manipulations while the forward bulkhead was shored. After a seven-hour battle, the storm subsided, and Pittsburgh proceeded at 6 knots (11 km/h) to Guam arriving on 10 June. Her bow, nicknamed "McKeesport" (a suburb of Pittsburgh), was later salvaged by the tug Munsee (AT-107) and brought into Guam.

    With a false bow, Pittsburgh left Guam on 24 June bound for Puget Sound Navy Yard, arriving 16 July. Still under repair at war's end, she was placed in commission in reserve on 12 March 1946 and decommissioned on 7 March 1947. The typhoon damage also earned her the nickname "Longest Ship in the World" as literally thousands of miles separated the bow and stern.


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    The "USS McKeesport"
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    At port in Guam
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    #6 stug3, Jul 8, 2013
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    USS Pennsylvania BB-38

    Dec. 7, 1941- Survived attack on Pearl Harbor while in dry dock.
    1942-43- Training Overhauling
    1943-44- Fire Support in Aleutians, Makin Atoll, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Marianas.
    July 1944- During Guam campaign fired more ammunition than any other warship in history during a single campaign.
    Sept. 1944- Palau Bombardment and Fire Support Group
    Oct. 1944- Surigao Strait, Leyte Gulf
    1945- Lingayen Gulf Bombardment and Fire Support Group, Wake Island bombardment
    Aug. 12, 1945- hit by aerial torpedo in Buckner Bay
    July 1946- Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests target ship, Bikini atoll
    1946-48- Kwajalein Lagoon, radiological and structural studies, sunk Feb. 10, 1948

    In five years of World War II service, USS Pennsylvania travelled 146,052 miles (235,048 km) and fired 6,854 14 in (360 mm) rounds at the enemy, with 31,678 shells from her 5 in (130 mm) guns and 97,327 rounds from her antiaircraft battery.


    USS Pennsylvania during visit to Australia in 1925
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    Details of 1942-43 Overhaul
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    #7 stug3, Jul 8, 2013
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    View of splinter shields, 5-Inch AA gun shields and 20mm guns and platforms. Stb. side, amidship, looking Fwd. Mare Island, CA. 26 Feb. 1942.
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    View of splinter shields and 20mm guns and platforms amidships, looking Fwd. Mare Island, CA. 26 Feb. 1942.
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    Looking up at Mainmast, port side. Mare Island, CA. 26 Feb. 1942.
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    Photo taken on 2 March 1942, at Mare Island. Visible are much of her different early war guns - two shielded 5in/25cal guns, three 5in/51cal casemate guns, a 1.10" AA gun tub, and numerous 20mm Oerlikons on the upper levels.
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    Broadside view, starboard
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    Firing her 14"/45 and 5"/38 guns while bombarding Guam, south of the Orote Peninsula, on the first day of landings, 21 July 1944.
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    Pennsylvania leading Colorado, Louisville, Portland and Columbia into Lingayen Gulf, Philippines, January 1945.
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    Odd but I only get one pic show up in threads 6, 7, and 8. Rest are just icons.
     
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    #12 stug3, Jul 9, 2013
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    20 MM guns and shields on emergency cabin platform, port side, 26 Feb. 1942 at Mare Island.
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    1.1 gun tub, eventually replaced by 40mm Bofors
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    Stug, you may already know about this site but here's one I find interesting that is loaded with photos.
    Photo Archive Main Index
     
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    The 15 inch guns of HMS WARSPITE hurling shells at enemy troops still holding out at Catania, Sicily as seen from the bridge of the battleship. It was called on by the army to carry out this task and hurled tons of shells at a range between 15,000 and 11,000 yards. At the same time destroyers engaged shore batteries from a still closer range and although ships were attacked later from the air they suffered no casualties or damage.
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    Pics showing up now. Good stuff.
     
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    great set of Pics!
     
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    HMS Eskimo neatly chopped off at A mount

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    #19 Marcel, Aug 2, 2013
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    Light cruiser the Ruyter, famous for being the Flagship of Schout bij Nacht Karel Doorman during the battle of the Java sea in 1942.
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    The hms Java also involved in the Battle of the Java sea
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    Hello Marcel
    Nice photos but the lowest isn't de Ruyter, probably CL Java or Sumatra

    Juha
     
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