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Building & Fitting Out / 1940 - October 1942
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|62k||Underway in Chesapeake Bay, 30 November 1942.||USN photo.|
|375k||Alabama (BB-60) in Casco Bay, Maine, during her shakedown period, circa December 1942. Note her Measure 12 (modified)Atlantic camouflage scheme.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|360k||Alabama (BB-60) in Casco Bay, Maine, during her shakedown period, circa December 1942. Note her Measure 12 (modified)Atlantic camouflage scheme.||Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-444, submitted by David Buell.|
|600k||Underway off Casco Bay, Maine, during her shakedown period, December 1942.||Official USN photo submitted by David Buell.|
|370k||Just making headway while underway off Casco Bay, Maine, during her shakedown period, December 1942.||Official USN photo submitted by David Buell.|
|442k||Closeup view of the left 16"/45 gun of her after turret, with her superstructure beyond. Photographed during her shakedown period, circa December 1942. Note: Ladders on turret faceplate; Mk.8 and Mk.4 fire control radar antennas atop her after gun directors.||Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-497 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|344k||A cold & colorful Alabama (BB-60) during shakedown.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|381k||Looking from the rear turret of the Alabama (BB-60) amidst the rising steam from her stacks.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|505k||January 1943 with the crew manning 20mm anti-aircraft.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|268k||Alabama (BB-60) anchored at Lynn Haven roads on 1 December 1942.||Courtesy of Mike Green, from Leeward Publications SHIP'S DATA.|
|1.6m||1 December 1942 photo of the ship at sea, on duty. Note the two empty gun tubs on the main deck beside the aft superstructure between Turret 3 and the secondary battery. These were each for a quad 40mm Bofors mount which were in short supply at that time.||Photo courtesy of David Buell.|
|152k||Ship's forward 16"/45 guns train to starboard during a North Atlantic battle practice. Photographed during her shakedown period, circa December 1942 - January 1943. Note: Ice and snow on turrets and decks.||Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-9410, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|490k||View of the ship's forward superstructure, looking up from the port side during her shakedown period, circa December 1942. Note: Signal flags; Mk.8 fire control radar on Mk.38 main battery gun director (at top); Mk.4 fire control radar on Mk.37 secondary battery gun director at right; radio direction finder "loop" at left.||Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-495, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|53k|| Chief Specialist Robert William ("Bob") Feller, by a 40mm quadruple anti-aircraft gun mount, probably on board Alabama (BB-60) in late 1942 or early 1943.|
The original caption (released 5 March 1943) reads: "GUN CAPTAIN FELLER -- Bob Feller, one of the finest baseball pitchers of the era, is all set to do a different kind of pitching these days. As a Chief Specialist, he is the captain of a 40mm gun crew aboard one of Uncle Sam's new battleships. The former American Leaguer joined the U.S. Navy as a physical education instructor and later applied for Gunnery School. Subsequently he was assigned to sea duty and here he is -- grin and all -- beside his guns on a cold winter day."
|Official USN photo USNHC # NH 102847, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.|
|117k||An OS2U Kingfisher about to be launched. Note the life rafts stored under the catapult (when it is stowed) and the boats on dollies. Circa January 1943.||USN photo.|
|160k||Fireman puts on a burner on one of the ship's boilers. Taken during her shakedown cruise, circa January 1943.||Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-38002, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|132k||Note: The following 20 photos were in the files titled "New Battleship Publicity Pictures". Based on the date of release and a few of the photos it could be Alabama (BB-60) on her shakedown cruise.
Sixteen-Inch Salvo – In a huge, fantastic mass of searing flame and smoke, the six forward 16-inch guns of a U.S. Battleship unleash their tons of destruction. Photo distribution date 30 January 1943.
|USN photo # GE-GF-25-40438, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|190k||Soundings – Despite all the modern scientific inventions, sailors still use a hand lead on a new U.S. Battleship to measure the depth of the water as the big floating fortress heads cautiously into port. Fathoms are called out to the man with the headset who in turn relays the measurement to the bridge over the intercommunication system.||USN photo # GS-DS-41-40441, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|153k||Battle Practice – Dual purpose 5”/38 emit a dense cloud of white smoke which hangs momentarily over the muzzles during practice firing on a U.S. Battleship. These fast-firing cannon send their shells high in the air to explode and scatter fragments over a large area.||USN photo # GE-GF-25-40442, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|134k||Gun Blast – A 16-inch cannon erupts smoke and flame as it sends its lethal cargo hurtling toward the horizon during firing practice aboard one of the U.S. Navy’s big battle-wagons.||USN photo # GE-GF-29-40443, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|143k||Symbols of Right – The only pennant to fly above Old Glory is the Church pennant which is two-blocked over the National Ensign during Church services aboard ship. Here the two ripple lazily in the breeze high above the deck of a U.S. Battleship.||USN photo # NA-FP-33-40444, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|417k||Ice on the Bloomers – Bloomers are Navy jargon for the protecting canvas covers which fit about the barrels of the 16-inch guns where the giant weapons emerge from the barbette. Note the marks of the cannon’s estimated four-foot recoil on the barrel.||USN photo # GS-I-7-40445, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|162k||“E” for Excellent – While members of the gun crew cluster around, a sailor paints a big “E” on one of the forward turrets of a U.S. battleship. The coveted “E” denotes an excellent performance.||USN photo # NA-INS-68-40446, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|223k||Battle-wagon – Silhouetted against a cold, gray sky, a new U.S. Battle-wagon steams out on a mission. The picture was taken from the deck of an accompanying destroyer by a Navy Photographer. For release at 10a.m. Saturday, February 6, and anytime thereafter.||USN photo # GS-SIL-40-40458, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Distribution Date 2/1/43.|
|253k||Forty Winks – U.S. sailors aboard a U.S. Battleship grab 40 winks of sleep during their off watch below. Note the bucket helmets and “mae west” hanging on the bed ready for instant was should General Quarters sound.||USN photo # GS-BD-14-40459, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|71k||Air Defense Officer – On the top-most platform of a battleship, known as the Sky Lookout, a U.S. Navy Officer, Lieutenant Commander, directs the fire of the 40mm & 20mm anti-aircraft guns. He must coordinate the defense fire against attacking enemy planes coming in from several directions simultaneously.||USN photo # T-COM-4-40460, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|202k||Always Work To Be Done – If it is not scrubbing the deck down in the summer, it’s cleaning off the snow in the winter, so there are few idle moments aboard a battleship. Frozen salt spray on the turrets glistens in the morning light as the men attack the snow and ice with vigor.||USN photo # GS-I-6-40461, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|199k||Steering – A second class seamen takes his turn at the steering wheel of a U.S. Battleship while a first class seamen and chief petty officer watch their gauges.||USN photo # GS-BS-25-40462, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|171k||Man Overboard – Plunged into icy water when he tumbled off the deck of a U.S. Battleship, this sailor was saved by a line and life preserver quickly thrown to him. He’s holding on for dear life as his mates work swiftly to get his back aboard.||USN photo # NA-RES-24-40463, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|141k||A Mighty Ship on a Mighty Ocean – Partially shrouded by fighting spray, a new U.S. Battleship steams steadily ahead through cold, heavy seas. Sixteen-inch rifles jut out from the two forward turrets while dual-purposes batteries point skyward from amidships. Date 2/14/43.||USN photo # GS-RS-52-40464, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|201k||Cold Watch – Blobs of snow falling from a leaden sky have distorted the superstructure of this new U.S. Battleship and crusted the barrels of its giant 16-inch rifles. It’s a cold watch for the sailor at right.||USN photo # GS-I-7-40465, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|92k||Getting the Range – The captain of a gun crew on a U.S. Battleship looks through the periscope to get a true bearing on the target.||USN photo # GE-GC-15-40466, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|76k||Lethal Load – This clip of 40mm. Shells, carried by the gun crew chief on a U.S. Battleship, is ready to be loaded into a Bofors anti-aircraft gun.||USN photo # GE-GC-16-40467, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|193k||Looking Into The Breech – This gunner on a U.S. Battleship looks through the breech-block of one of the big 16-inch guns. His left elbow rests on the “mushroom” of the gun, which he keeps clean by rubbing it with the towel scrapped around his arm.||USN photo # GE-GC-17-40468, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|143k||Call to Battle Stations – A coxswain on a U.S. Battleship pipes the crew to attention over the loudspeaker system, just before General Quarters is sounded.||USN photo # NA-COM-2-40474, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|215k||Seagoing Typewriter Strategists – Quartered in the Admiral’s cabin aboard a new U.S. Battleship, these four representatives of the nation’s great news agencies had a first-hand opportunity to cover the Navy in its own element. Left to right; Sandor S. Klein, United Press; William Pickens, Transradio Press Service; Hamilton Faron, Associated Press, and Joseph Bors, International News Service. These Washington correspondents, assigned to cover the Navy Department, spent several weeks afloat during battle maneuvers to observe the effectiveness of modern “floating fortresses.”||USN photo # NA-HIS-10-40475, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|170k||Drawing 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 USN photo # 80-G-157914, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.|
|129k||Drawing 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 USN photo # 80-G-156818, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.|
|60k||Drawing 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 USN photo # 80-G-156819, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.|
|437k||A poor job of censoring the radar was done. Port bow view at Norfolk Navy Yard, 7 February 1943.||USN photo # N-3253 submitted by David Buell.|
|50k||Stern view of the Alabama (BB-60) while anchored in Chesapeake Bay, February 1943.||USN photo.|
|3.6m||March 1943 in the Atlantic. The B turret is trained all the way aft to port.||National Archives photo # N-3257 courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo i.d. courtesy of David C. Nilsen, CTR USA, TRADOC.
|41k||USN photo taken on 4 March 1943 in rough seas showing characteristic "wet bow" condition of the South Dakota class (BB-57 - 60) .||USN photo. Text courtesy of Mike Green.|
|119k||USN photo of aerial view of Alabama (BB-60), as seen on 4 March 1943.||USN photo # 66983, courtesy of Mike Green.|
|214k||View looking aft from the bow during a snowstorm. Crew members of the Alabama (BB-60) work in frigid conditions while on duty with the British Fleet in the North Atlantic. Photo shows the forward section of the ship, with ice/snow on her anchor chains, 4 March 1943.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|234k||Smoke and flame billow from the muzzles of the 16-Inch guns as Alabama (BB-60) fires a broadside, 1943 in the Atlantic.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|382k||20mm target practice while underway with Alabama (BB-60) and HMS Duke of York.||USN photo courtesy of Phil Hayes via Pieter Bakels.|
|450k||The Alabama (BB-60) operating with the British fleet in April 1943. In the background is the battleship HMS Anson and the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable. The airplane overhead is a Short Sunderland MKIII.||Photo and text courtesy of artbywayne.com
|91k||"Taks Force of Two Navies" Watercolor by Dwight Shepler, USNR, 1943, depicting U.S. and British warships in the Pentlant Firth during an operation toward the Norwegian coast, coincident with the Sicily invasion, July 1943. Alabama (BB-60) is in the lead, followed by HMS Illustrious and HMS King George V . Three British carrier-based fighters (two "Seafires" and a "Martlet") are overhead.||Official USN photo USNHC # KN-20381, courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|677k|| South Dakota (BB-57) underway with Alabama (BB-60) as viewed from H.M.S. King George V.|
In July 1943 Alabama participated in Operation Governor, a diversion aimed toward southern Norway, to draw German attention away from the real Allied thrust, toward Sicily. It had also been devised to attempt to lure out the German battleship Tirpitz, the sister ship of the famed, but short-lived, Bismarck, but the Germans did not rise to the challenge, and the enemy battleship remained in her Norwegian lair.
| USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
|379k||Form Line of Battle!!! - The South Dakota (BB-57), Alabama (BB-60) and H.M.S. Anson sail in line ahead during combined operations in the Northern Atlantic in 1943.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|1.07k||The South Dakota (BB-57) & Alabama (BB-60) during combined operations in the Northern Atlantic in 1943.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|466k||Watching the best (and only) show in town.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|417k||South Dakota (BB-57) and Alabama (BB-60), 1943, with the Br. Home Fleet in the Atlantic.||USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.|
|769k||Alabama (BB-60) & South Dakota (BB-57) at Scpap Flow.
Leaving for maneuvers.
Proceeding through the sub nets to the sea.
|USN photo # 80G-319289 (319291 insert) from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photos added 01/12/15.
|149k||On 20 March 1943, Captain Fred D. Kirtland, USN, relieved Capt. Wilson as skipper of Alabama (BB-60). It was under Capt. Kirtland's conn that the ship completed a tour of duty protecting lend-lease convoys to Britain and Russia, while operating with the British Home fleet in the "Murmansk Run". After a brief overhaul and repair the ‘Bama’ was on her way to the Pacific. Her first major Pacific engagement was in the Gilbert Islands in November and December 1943. Her next trip was a sortie against Truck Island followed by the Marianas. Her next engagement was north of New Guinea into the Philippine Sea as a participant in the Marianas "Turkey Shoot". In August 1944 while undergoing an 18 day logistics period at Eniwetok, Captain Vincent R. Murphy, USN, relieved Captain Kirtland as commanding officer of Alabama.||USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
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