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BB-58 USS INDIANA
Off to War / 1942 - November 1944

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - November - Sierra

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December 1944 - Victory in the Pacific
1946 - 1963


South Dakota Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 680' (oa) x 108' 2" x 36' 2" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 20 x 5"/38AA, 12 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/4" Belt, 18" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +1/3" Decks, 15" Conning Tower. Machinery, 130,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1793.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., November 20 1939. Launched November 21 1941. Commissioned April 30 1942. Decommissioned September 11 1947. Stricken June 1 1962.
Fate: Sold, October 23 1963 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-58 Indiana 77k Indiana (BB-58) in a South Pacific harbor, now wearing measure 22 camouflage, 17 December, 1942. Taken by a Saratoga (CV-3) photographer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 80-G-35773, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 79k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Anthony Saunders, entitled "Indiana (BB-58), First Tour of Duty".Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-58 Indiana 70k Port and starboard view line drawing of the Indiana (BB-58). Courtesy of Joe Radigan & the USN.
BB-58 Indiana 12k Line drawing of the Indiana (BB-58), 1942. Courtesy of Joe Radigan & the USN.
BB-58 Indiana 180k A painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "Sudden Squall". Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-59 Massachusetts170kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 1D intended for the battleship Massachusetts (BB-59), circa 1943. This camouflage design was not actually used on Massachusetts or any other ship of her class. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-157914, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-59 Massachusetts129kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for use in preparing camouflage designs for the Indiana (BB-58); Massachusetts (BB-59); and Alabama (BB-60), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends and exposed decks.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-156818, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-59 Massachusetts60kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for use in preparing camouflage designs for the Indiana (BB-58); Massachusetts (BB-59); and Alabama (BB-60), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's port side.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-156819, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 40k Indiana (BB-58) on 7 November 1943, anchored at Viti Levu, Nandi off Fiji Islands, now wearing measure 32/11D camouflage - the only South Dakota class to wear the dazzle camouflage. USN photo.
BB-58 Indiana 211k The Indiana (BB-58), wearing measure 32/11D camouflage, is about to receive a visitor in the form of a LST. Anchored behind her looks to be a attack transport. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-61 Iowa60k Iowa (BB-61) underway at sea during the Marshalls Operation, 24 January 1944. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 1B. In the left distance, also painted in Camouflage Measure 32 (possibly Design 11D), is Indiana (BB-58). This image has been cropped to emphasize the ships and their camouflage patterns. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-235080, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 61k Captain William M. Fechteler commanded the battleship Indiana (BB-58) in the Pacific in 1943. Promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in early 1944, he was Commander of the Seventh Fleet's Amphibious Group 8 from August 1944 to March 1945, participating in landings at Morotai, Leyte, Lingayen and elsewhere in the Philippines. USN Portrait photograph, taken circa 1944-45. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives as # 80-G-302299 & submitted by Bill Gonyo. Photo added 08/22/08.
BB-58 Indiana 175k Steaming with Task Force 58.1 on 27 January 1944, en route to attack Taroa Island airfield, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands. Taken by a Enterprise (CV-6) photographer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-222923, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 124k Steaming with Task Force 58.1 on 27 January 1944, en route to attack Taroa Island airfield, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands now wearing measure 32/11D camouflage - the only South Dakota class to wear the dazzle camouflage. Taken by a Enterprise (CV-6) photographer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 52661, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-59 Massachusetts64kIndiana (BB-58) underway at sea in 1944, probably in late January while the ship was en route to the Marshall Islands to support the Kwajalein invasion. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # NH 52662a (cropped), from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 20k Underway near the Marshall Islands, 27 January 1944. USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa476kThe Indiana (BB-58) & Iowa (BB-61) underway.
This 1944 photo shows Iowa in her anti-submarine camouflage measure, applied in December or in early January 1944 with Navy Blue (5-N) and Light Grey (5-L) and Deck Blue (20-B) horizontal surfaces. Highly visible in this view are the fine foreward hull lines for a higher speed than the preceding South Dakota class battleships. Consequently her #1 turret had little depth for torpedo protection.
Note the 20mm gallery atop #2 turret.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 78k Damage to starboard quarter after collision with Washington (BB-56) on 1 February 1944 off Kwajalein. Both ships were checked and patched at Majuro Lagoon before they limped to Pearl Harbor. The Washington had a temporary bow installed there and was permanently repaired at PSNS, while the Indiana (BB-58) was repaired at Pearl. This was the biggest job completed at Pearl Harbor during the war. The damage showed a weakness in the class design and if the Washington had been not been able to slow, the Indiana could have been lost from uncontrollable flooding from the stern. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 92881, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 83k Indiana (BB-58) at Majuro Atoll for repairs on 3 February 1944. She had collided with Washington (BB-56) during the night of 1 February, while taking part in the Marshalls operation. Damage to her starboard hull side is visible below her after 16-inch gun turret. Washington, whose bow was wrecked in the accident, is in the left background, alongside Vestal (AR-4). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-275955, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 72k Indiana (BB-58) at Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1944, showing damage to her starboard side received in her 1 February 1944 collision with Washington (BB-56). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 92880, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 71k Indiana (BB-58) at Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1944, showing damage to her starboard side received in her 1 February 1944 collision with Washington (BB-56). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 92882, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 68k Indiana (BB-58) at Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1944, showing damage to her starboard side received in collision with Washington (BB-56) on 1 February 1944. Tug YT-471 is assisting. Note the "cage" mast mounted ashore in the left distance. It was removed from California (BB-44) while she was being salvaged following the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 92883, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 237k 1944 picture of the Indiana (BB-58) after Pearl Harbor refit following collision with Washington (BB-56) in February, 1944. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 234k Seen after refit, now wearing measure 22 camouflage again. Note the thick main mast and the camouflage counter shading on the 16in gun barrels. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 55k Port side view while underway in April, 1944. USN photo.
BB-58 Indiana 91k Underway, starboard view. May 1944. USN photo.
BB-58 Indiana 254k Indiana (BB-58) departed for Bremerton, Wash., from the Pacific battle zone, arriving 23 October 1944. The following three photos show BB-57 Class propellers being cast at Mare Island on 16 Sep 44, probably for her use during her subsequent refit. Note the writting "5 blade prop" under the stand. USN photo # 5787-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-58 Indiana 224k The second of three photos show the plant casting method as devolped for 5 bladed propellers being cast at Mare Island on 16 Sep 44, probably for her use during her subsequent refit. In this photo the molten lead is in the process of flowing into the bucket which will carry it to the form. USN photo # 5788-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-58 Indiana 179k The third of three photos show the plant casting method as devolped for 5 bladed propellers being cast at Mare Island on 16 Sep 44, probably for her use during her subsequent refit. The molten lead is being poured into its form. USN photo # 5789-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-58 Indiana 170k 30 November 1944, High speed turn in Puget Sound. USNI / USN photo.
BB-58 Indiana 63k Indiana (BB-58) probably off Puget Sound sometime in 1944.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.

USS INDIANA BB-58 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: USS Indiana BB-58 Reunion Association
John W. Ensley, Secretary & Treasurer
Address:6528 Georgetown Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4310
Phone: 219-493-3291
E-mail: None


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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Indiana BB-58 Home Port By Benjamin M. Givens Jr.

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