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BB-55 USS NORTH CAROLINA
June 1942 - 1943

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Bravo - Kilo

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North Carolina Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 728' 9" (oa) x 108' 4" x 35' 6" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 20 x 5"/38AA, 16 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12" Belt, 16" Turrets, 1 1/2" Main Deck, +5 1/2" Armored (2nd) deck, +3/4" Third Deck, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 115,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1880.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Navy Yard, October 27, 1937. Launched June 13, 1940. Commissioned April 9, 1941. Decommissioned June 27, 1947. Stricken June 1, 1960.
Fate: Perserved as Memorial in Wilmington North Carolina, September 6, 1961.

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BB-55 North Carolina56kDuring workups with the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-8), January 1942.USN photo # 80-G-11067. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina96k20mm Oerlikon gun crews beside a 16in turret. USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina231kPort bow view off Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 June 1942. Official USN photo # 3246-42. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-55 North Carolina318kStarboard view off Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 June 1942. Official USN photo # 3245-42. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-551.7m North Carolina (BB-55) at anchor, June 1942. She completed her shakedown in the Caribbean prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, and after intensive war exercises, entered the Pacific 10 June 1942. Photo courtesy of David Buell. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-55 North Carolina 648k Following the torpedo attack on 6 September 1942, crew members of the North Carolina (BB-55) prepare to commit the bodies of their follow shipmates to the deep. She returned to Pearl Harbor Navy Yard after the torpedo attack for repairs. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-55 North Carolina52kOn 6 September 1942, North Carolina (BB-55) maneuvered successfully, dodging a torpedo which passed 300 yards off the port beam. Nine days later, sailing with Hornet (CV-8), North Carolina took a torpedo portside, 20 feet below her waterline, and 6 of her men were killed. But skillful damage control by her crew and the excellence of her construction prevented disaster; a 5.6 degree list was righted in as many minutes, and she maintained her station in a formation at 26 knots.
She is pictured here as she comes into Pearl Harbor Navy Yard after the torpedo attack, October 1942
Photo courtesy of Mike Green, from Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA". Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-55 North Carolina96kPortside damage from Japanese submarine I-15 torpedo (21-inch/oxygen propelled). Photo taken 11 October 1942 at Pearl Harbor where permanent repairs were done.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina596kThe North Carolina (BB-55) silhouetted by the sunset off Hawaii on 15 October 1942.USN file number GS-SIL-35-13297. It is also stamped, "NACTC RECOGNITION PHOTO NO. 060". Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-55 North Carolina79k Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, TH. View of completed repairs from torpedo damage. In drydock #1, 8 November 1942. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-55 North Carolina396kNewly equipped with 40mm guns, the North Carolina (BB-55) is shown on 15 November 1942. Note that her forward and after main battery fire controls have different Mark 3 antennas and that a Mark 4 radar has finally been fitted to her after 5-inch director. The heavy bracing of her after main battery director is also visible.Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina 782k Bow view of the North Carolina (BB-55) & stern at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 16 November 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. ARC 512915 via Mike Green.
Photo added 01/23/14.
BB-55 North Carolina96kOverhead, 29 November 1942 off of Hawaii, wearing Ms21. Note arrangement of secondary armament on two levels.USN photo # 80-G-276592.
Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina199kCaptain Wilder Dupuy Baker was the commanding officer of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55) from 5 December 1942 to 27 May 1943. Early in the Second World War he helped create the Antisubmarine Warfare Operational Research Group (ASWORG). He commanded cruiser-destroyer forces in the Aleutians and amphibious forces in the invasion of Saipan. He later was chief of staff of Task Force 38 under McCain. Together with Captain "Jimmy" Thach, McCain's operations officer, they devised tactics for using picket destroyers with combat air patrols to defend against kamikaze attacks. Official Photograph of the U.S. Navy via Bill Gonyo.
BB-55 North Carolina57k North Carolina (BB-55) at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard after completion of torpedo damage repairs. After final work and repainting into Measure 21 camouflage, the ship will be ready for sea. Courtesy of Mike Green from Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
BB-55 North Carolina111kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32v11, Design 18D intended for the battleship North Carolina (BB-55), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-157056, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina118kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32v11, Design 18D intended for the battleship North Carolina (BB-55), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's port side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-157057, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina127kDrawing prepared circa 1943 by the Bureau of Ships forCamouflage Measure 32v6, Design 10D intended for battleships of the North Carolina class (BB-55 / 56). This plan shows the ship's starboard side, bow, stern, superstructure ends and exposed decks. This design was not used on any ship of this class. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-156817, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina109kDrawing prepared circa 1943 by the Bureau of Ships forCamouflage Measure 32v6, Design 10D intended for battleships of the North Carolina class (BB-55 / 56). This plan shows the ship's port side, bow, stern, superstructure ends and exposed decks. This design was not used on any ship of this class. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-156816, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina110kNorth Carolina (BB-55) underway in the Hawaiian Islands area, 27 March 1943.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-276619, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-5587k19 April 1943 photo of the North Carolina (BB-55) underway in the Hawaiian Islands area.Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-48 West Virginia80kWest Virginia (BB-48) prepares to leave Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. The battleship in the left background is North Carolina (BB-55). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-572, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55479kA painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled Battleship North Carolina (BB-55), circa August 1943. In the background is the Enterprise (CV-6). The aircraft is an O2SU from the North Carolina . Photo and text courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-55 North Carolina54kPhoto taken on 5 August 1943, near Pearl Harbor following repair and refit. She now wears measure 21 camouflage.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina55kUnderway at sea during the Gilberts Operation, circa November 1943. Note: This image's generally good color quality is slightly disfigured by red streak in the sky area.
This photo was taken by E. Steichen (two indexes claim either Cowpens (CVL-25) or Saratoga (CV-3), neither is correct). The scheme is Ms32/18d early pattern as evidenced by the black lower panel on the starboard bow and the SK radar (rectangular shape). The red streaks in the sky were due to a contaminated processing roller but the rest of the photo (actually photos in the series) were judged good and acceptable by Steichen.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-GK-101, now in the collections of the National Archives. Partial text courtesy of USNHC. Photo i.d. text courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina70kThe main battery in action.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina 615k North Carolina (BB-55) bombarding Nauru on 8 December 1943. Source: U.S. Navy, Photo No. unknown via Mike Green.
Photo added 01/23/14.

USS North Carolina History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Gordon Knapp
Address: None
Phone: None
E-mail: knappga@webtv.net

Ship mailing address information
Battleship North Carolina (BB-55) PO Box 480 Wilmington, NC 28402-0480
E-mail: ncbb55@battleshipnc.com

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
U.S.S. North Carolina (BB-55) Web site

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