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BB-34 USS NEW YORK
War in the Atlantic 1943 - 1944

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Delta - Tango

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New York Class Battleship: Displacement 27,000 Tons, Dimensions, 573' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 10x 14"/45, 21 x 5"/51, 56 x 4 x 21" tt. Armor, 12" Belt, 14" Turrets, 3" Decks, 12" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,100 IHP; Vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws
Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1052.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, September 11, 1911. Launched October 30, 1912. Commissioned April 15, 1914. Decommissioned August 29, 1946. Stricken July 13, 1948.
Fate: Target During Atomic Bomb Tests, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Sunk, 40 miles off Oahu, July 8, 1948, by Naval Gunfire and Aircraft.
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BB-34 New York90kPitching into heavy seas while en route from Casablanca on convoy escort duty, March 1943. View looks forward from her foremast. Note her twin 14"/45 gun turrets and water flowing over main deck.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-65893, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-34 New York201k New York (BB-34) at the N.Y. Navy Yard in 1943. Main battery unchanged. Note Stovepipe IFF antennas,TBS,an SG on a platform just below her Secondary Battery Director Deck and the covered MK.51's atop her boatcranes. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York236k New York (BB-34) at the N.Y. Navy Yard in April 1943. The Fire Control and Spotting Station atop the Secondary Battery Control Station aft and below the top of the stack with little smoke interference. It did not have a Battle Lookout Level.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York290k New York (BB-34) April 1943. Note the 1.1-Inch mount on the left and the 25-men life rafts stacked on deck.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York238k New York (BB-34) in Measure 22 on April 1943. Note the added quadruple Bofors 40mm's replacing the less effecient 1.1-Inch mounts, considerably increasing her air defence capabilities.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York321k New York (BB-34) at the Navy Yard, N.Y. April 1943. Note the new floater nets atop her #4 Main Battery Turret and the numerous stacked liferafts aand new A.A.guns reflecting lessons learned in the Solomons.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York99k New York (BB-34) 3" gun mount, 9 Sept. 1943.From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN. Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-34 New York215k New York (BB-34) rapid fire 3" gun mount, 9 Sept 1943.From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN. Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-34 New York148k New York (BB-34) firing her main battery, circa 1943.From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN. Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-34 New York53k Vought OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplane, being recovered, circa 1943.From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN. Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-34 New York86k Preparing the target drone for flight, circa 1943.From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN. Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-34 New York169k Launching a drone for target practice, circa 1943.From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN. Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-34 New York202kThree Kingfishers aboard New York (BB-34) while anchored ar Casco Bay, Maine on 16 June 1943.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York64k New York class line drawing, 11/43.Courtesy of Joe Radigan.
BB-34 New York755k New York (BB-34) probably in 1944 in Measure 22.USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels. Photo added 05/01/08.
BB-34 New York242kOS2U Kingfisher aboard New York (BB-34) in June 1944. Note the depth charge under the port wing. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York162k New York (BB-34) as she appeared in June, 1944.USN photo.
BB-34 New York124kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B intended for the battleships New York (BB-34) and Texas (BB-35). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 11 October 1944. It shows the ship's starboard side, exposed decks and superstructure ends. New York wore this pattern in late 1944 and early 1945. Texas was painted in it for a brief period during the final part of 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 19-N-73641, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-34 New York117kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B intended for the battleships New York (BB-34) and Texas (BB-35). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 11 October 1944. It shows the ship's port side, exposed decks and superstructure ends. New York wore this pattern in late 1944 and early 1945. Texas was painted in it for a brief period during the final part of 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 19-N-73640, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-34 New York200k New York (BB-34) somewhere in 1944, showing details of her boatcrane with atop a MK.51 director for the below quad. 40mm mount.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York134kForward view of the New York (BB-34) off Hampton Roads, Virginia on 14 November 1944 escorted by tugs. She had just completed a refit at Norfolk Navy Yard which included new 3" gun director (Mark 50) with the conical- scanning type MK.10Mod.5, with 45in dish giving a better performance - 15,000yds on a bomber; one above the bridge and the other atop her stub mainmast, & MK[1].3 Main Battery Fire Control antenna, 20mm A.A. gunarray along main deck edge is clearly seen here too. Getting her ready for Iwo Jima and Okinawa.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York65kStern starboard view of the ship off Hampton Roads, Virginia on 14 November 1944 escorted by tugs. She had just completed a refit at Norfolk Navy Yard which included new 3" gun directors (Mark 50) one above the bridge and the other atop her stub mainmast. 20mm A.A. gun array along main deck edge is clearly seen here too. Getting her ready for Iwo Jima and Okinawa.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York80kPhotographed in 1944-45, while painted in camouflage Measure 31a/8B.USNHC # NH 63525, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo i.d. text courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn (USN / Israeli Navy /Retired.
BB-34 New York52k New York (BB-34) underway off shore, circa early 1945. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B. This photograph was released on 26 January 1946 with an announcement that New York was to be used as an atomic bomb target. It was, however, taken about a year earlier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # NH 104833, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

USS NEW YORK BB-34 History
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Contact Name: Mr. Kenneth C Sparks
Address: 4747 Ormonde Dr Cazenovia, NY, 13035-9348
Phone: 315-655-3842
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