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BB-42 USS IDAHO
1940 - 1943

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Victor - Xray

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New Mexico Class Battleship: Displacement 32,000 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 5" x 31' 1" (Max). Armament 12 x 14"/50 22 x 5"/51, 8 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" +2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 32,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1084.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Shipbuilding, Camden, N.J., April 5, 1915. Launched January 25, 1917. Commissioned December 18, 1917.
Fate: Decommissioned 3 July, 1946 and was placed in reserve until sold for scrap 24 November, 1947 to Lipsett Inc., of New York City.

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BB-42 Idaho72kIdaho (BB-42) at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 9 February 1940 following her major refit. USN photo, courtesy of Seattle NARA RG-181, submitted by Tracy White.
BB-40 New Mexico & family242kBetween 9 & 13 Sep 1940 the Arizona (BB-39) was under way with other ships of the US Fleet for simulated fleet engagement.
Pictured here is a New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) class battleship in the van with other battleships of the Pacific Fleet and a carrier air group, led by the Air Group Commander in a Curtiss SBC Helldiver.
The aircraft following are:
A torpedo squadron of eighteen Douglas TBD-1s;
A bombing squadron of eighteen Northrop BT-1s;
A scouting squadron eighteen Curtiss SBCs;
A fighting squadron of eighteen Grumman F2F-1s or F3F-3s from either the Yorktown (CV-5) or F3F-2s from the Enterprise (CV-6), plus possibly nine additional aircraft.
The Yorktown and Enterprise were the only two carriers whose bombing squadrons were equipped with the Northrop BT-1.
The text for the photo reads:
"The Navy uses enormous amounts of rubber. At least seventy-five tons of rubber, enough to makes 17,000 tires, are used in the construction of each of these battleships. Tons more are needed for the naval planes that are making history over the world. Medical and communication requirements--and countless other needs of the Navy--are met."
Photograph # LC-USE64 - DC-000944 & partial text courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Aircraft i.d. & text & timeline courtesy of Alan Moore via the following sources: Airplane i.d.: Yorktown Class Carriers (Warship Pictorial No. 9) by Steve Wiper, Tucson, AZ: Classic Warships Publishing, 2000. & That Gallant Ship: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5) by Robert Cressman, Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub Co, 1985. Timeline from Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
BB-42 Idaho187kCrew of the battleship Idaho (BB-42) preparing to fire her 14 inch guns during Pacific Fleet maneuvers.Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-42 Idaho107kThe Idaho (BB-42) during US Navy manuevers off Hawaii.Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-42 Idaho126kCapt. Stephen McKinney & Admiral inspecting ship during US Navy manuevers off the Hawaiian Islands. Note the boats marded with ID for Idaho (BB-42) . Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-42 Idaho132kView of the catapault and rear turrets of the battleship Idaho (BB-42) during Pacific Fleet maneuvers.Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-42 Idaho176kInspection aboard unident. battleship [prob. Idaho (BB-42) ] during the US Navy's Pacific fleet maneuvers.Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-42 Idaho107kCatapult launched SBC-3 scout plane aboard the battleship Idaho (BB-42) during the US Navy's Pacific Fleet maneuvers around Hawaii.Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-42 Idaho171kRack of rifles in battleship of US Navy.Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-39 Arizona534kBetween 9 & 13 Sep 1940 the Arizona (BB-39) was under way with other ships of the US Fleet for simulated fleet engagement. She is pictured here in company with other ships of the Pacific Fleet taken during Fleet Ops. and at least one carrier air group.Scanned from: "The Fleet Today" by Kendall Banning. Funk & Wagnalls Company, N.Y. and London, 1942. Submitted by Pieter Bakels. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
BB-42 Idaho204k Idaho (BB-42), photgraphed by George Winstead, probably when she at Hampton Roads 6 June 1941 to perform Atlantic neutrality patrol, a vital part of U.S. policy in the early days of the European fighting.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-42 Idaho79kAnchored in Hvaeldefjord, Iceland, October 1941.USNHC # NH 94650, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-42 Idaho1.8mIdaho (BB-42) at Hvalfjord, Iceland on 2 October 1941 on White Patrol. USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho305kIdaho (BB-42) in Measure 12 during a Neutrality patrol in the North Atlantic on November 1941. USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho114kCover of the Idaho's (BB-42) cruise book. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald.
BB-42 Idaho195k Looking aft of the Idaho (BB-42), in January 1942.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho257k Amidships view of the gun directors and stack of the Idaho (BB-42) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Porthmouth, VA. Jan. 1942.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho224kLooking fwd. from stern. Norfolk Navy Yard, Porthmouth, VA. 3 Jan. 1942.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho364kLooking aft from above. Norfolk Navy Yard, Porthmouth, VA. Jan. 1942. The Mississippi's (BB-41) stern is seen to the left. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho80kPort bow close up of Idaho (BB-42) in Norfolk Navy Yard before she went out to the Pacific War, 3 Jan. 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho191k Idaho (BB-42) firing main battery, May 1942. USN photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald.
BB-42 Idaho117kThe Idaho (BB-42) at Pearl Harbor, August 1942. She conducted additional battle exercises in California waters and out of Pearl Harbor until October 1942, when she entered Puget Sound Navy Yard to be regunned. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-42 Idaho268k Marines on the Idaho (BB-42) in 1942 on station at their 20 millimeter guns. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald.
BB-42 Idaho168kSignal flags flutter from Idaho's (BB-42) mast as she makes her way through Puget Sound in Dec. 1942. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald.
BB-42 Idaho301kIdaho's (BB-42) forward main turret is trained to starboard during battle exercises when she entered Puget Sound Navy Yard to be regunned. Upon completion of this work Idaho again took part in battle exercises, and sailed 7 April 1943 for operations in the bleak Aleutians. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-42 Idaho420kStern view of the Idaho (BB-42) on trials in Puget Sound in Dec. 1942. Photo courtesy of David Buell. BuShips #39760. Photo added 01/25/09.
SS 158 62k The S-47 (SS-158) off San Francisco, CA., 7 September 1943, following overall. A platform has been added to her conning tower for a single 20-millimeter antiaircraft gun; her gun deck gun is a manually-operated dual-purpose 3-inch 50-caliber. Mounted just ahead of her periscopes is an SJ surface-search and torpedo-control radar. The small tripod forward of the deck gun supports an early type of underwater listening equipment. S-47 displays no identification except her national ensign, and wears dull black wartime submarine finish.
In the left background is the characteristic silhouette of a New Mexico class (BB-40 / 42) battleship. Both the Mississippi (BB-41) & Idaho (BB-42) were there at the time, with the Idaho arriving that day.
US Navy photo # NH 42192, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
BB-42 Idaho106k Idaho's (BB-42) band in 1943. This photo was contributed by Joe MacDonald, whose father, Ralph MacDonald served as a drummer in the ship's band from 1942-45. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald.
BB-42 Idaho350k Adak, Alaska on 11 August 1943 during the Kiska campaign. Crew is mustered on the quarterdeck as Rear Admiral H. F. Kingman awards the Distinquished Flying Cross to Idaho's (BB-42) pilot Lt. Harris O. Torgerson for heroic deeds while flying at Attu. Cleveland class light cruiser in the background is Sante Fe (CL-60). USN photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald.
BB-42 Idaho98kPhotographed from Natoma Bay (CVE-62), shortly after the conclusion of the Gilberts Campaign, Sept - Dec. 1943. The three battleships, in an anchorage protected by anti-torpedo nets, are (from left to right): Idaho (BB-42); New Mexico (BB-40); and Mississippi (BB-41).USNHC # 80-G-275940, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-42 Idaho106kThe Idaho (BB-42), New Mexico (BB-40) Mississippi (BB-41) at Pearl Harbor sometime after 5 December 1943. All three battleships then proceeded with the Marshall Islands assault force 12 January 1944. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-40 & 42 381k New Mexico (BB-40) & Idaho (BB-42) 7 December 1943, at Pearl Harbor. Note the anti-torpedo net in the foreground. Official USN Photograph # 4-ORD-085-16, courtesy of David Buell.

USS IDAHO BB-42 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. David Graham
Address: PO Box 711247 San Diego, CA, 92171-1247
Phone: None Listed
E-mail: None


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