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BB-61 USS IOWA
1944 - 1945

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Mike

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Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max)Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, June 27, 1940. Launched August 27, 1942. Commissioned February 22, 1943. Decommissioned March 24, 1949. Recommissioned August 25, 1951. Decommissioned February 2, 1958. Recommissioned April 28, 1984. Decommissioned October 26, 1990. Stricken for disposal 12 January 1995 but retained as a parts source. Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register and returned to reserve status 4 January 1999.
Fate: Moved to Susian Bay, Benicia California, April 2001.
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BB-61 Iowa723kPDF of a Personal History of the Iowa (BB-61) from Albert Lee Candido of Kansas City, Mo. / Radio Press News featuring internal coverage of ship happenings from launching in 1942 - 4 July 1945.Courtesy of Mike Sharp and submitted by Robert Hall.
BB-61 Iowa197k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7A intended for battleships of the BB-61 / 64 class. No ship is known to have worn this scheme.
This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure and turret ends, and exposed decks, is dated 19 January 1944, and was approved by Captain Logan McKee, USN.
Note: The other BB-61 / 64 class battleships were not painted in any Measure 31-32-33 series camouflage design.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-105514, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa162k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7A intended for battleships of the BB-61 / 64 class. No ship is known to have worn this scheme.
This plan, showing the ship's port side, is dated 19 January 1944, and was approved by Captain Logan McKee, USN.
Note: The other BB-61 / 64 class battleships were not painted in any Measure 31-32-33 series camouflage design.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-105515, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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-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-61 Iowa44kMajuro, January 1944 line art drawing of the Iowa (BB-61) in camouflage, starboard side.Courtesy of Joe Radigan & the USN.
BB-61 Iowa196k Kwajelien, 24th of January 1944. Port side view of the Iowa (BB-61) under way and wearing a measure 32a /1B camouflage design.USN photo courtesy of Joe Radigan Photo i.d. text courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn (USN / Israeli Navy /Retired.
BB-61 Iowa231k The Iowa (BB-61) leads 3 other ships in line astern in a bombardment. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-61 Iowa246kA painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "Underway Replenishment"....1944 shows the Iowa (BB-61) fueling from the Salamonie (AO-26). Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-61 Iowa169kBroadside, 1945. Location unknown.Hyperview WWII.
BB-61 Iowa438kA nice aerial view while underway. Note the OS2U Kingfishers are not on board, 10 June 1944.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa99kAn OS2U Kingfisher is launched off the starboard catapult while the port one is preparing to launch in the same direction. There is also a third on resting on a dolly on the deck. Note the many manned 20mm Oerlikons on the aft deck, mid 1944.USN photo.
BB-56 Washington & friends 356k Four Battleships in a lagoon in the Pacific which is not identified. The four Battleships are identifiable by their paint schemes: New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) in the foreground, and Washington (BB-56) and North Carolina (BB-55) further back, surrounded by destroyers and other ships. The resolution of the photo is not that great, but the photo is of interest due to the number of Battleships in one frame. The credit on the back of the photo is Official US Navy, via Acme Newspictures, Inc., dated 7/8/44. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa156k In 1941-44, Captain McCann led two submarine squadrons, served in important positions at the Navy Department and was commanding officer of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) from August - November 1944. After promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral, he was Chief of Staff to Commander, Tenth Fleet, served with the Atlantic Fleet and Commanded Task Force 68, which escorted President Harry S. Truman to and from the Potsdam Conference.Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Text i.d contributed by Robert M. Cieri. Photo added 09/09/08.
BB-61 Iowa160kThe Iowa (BB-61) in November 1944 remained in the waters off the Philippines screening carriers during strikes against Luzon and Formosa.
Note: This photo has been airbrushed by a censor to within an inch of its life. All of the radar antennae are gone, off the masts, the gun directors, the 20mm guns are even gone off the B turret.
U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp. Text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. courtesy of David C. Nilsen. CTR, USA Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
BB-61 Iowa489kNote that the photo shows Iowa (BB-61) with her camoflage pattern feather-edged. This was not too long before she returned to San Francisco for overhaul and main shaft bearing replacement. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa448kIowa (BB-61) entering and inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. The Iowa also was the only one of her class that was camouflaged, as seen in these photos. The lifting capacity of the floating dry-docks is dramatically shown, but battleships had to have their ammunition and most of their fuel off-loaded before entering the dry-dock.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa551kIowa (BB-61) entering and inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa467kIowa (BB-61) entering and inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. Note the three 20mm Oerlikons mounted on top of Turret 1, the other sisterships had a quad 40mm Bofors mounted here. The little circular objects on the 20mm gun tub splinter shield are helmets. Notice also the counter shading camouflage on the barrels of the 5in/38cal guns. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa254kUp close and personal. Iowa (BB-61) inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa286kIowa (BB-61) inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa568kIowa (BB-61) inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa580kBest show in town. Officers & crew inspect the skegs and rudder area of the Iowa (BB-61) as it protrudes outside the floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa110k At sea with Task Force 38 in December 1944. Photographed by LCdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-15631, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa103k The Iowa (BB-61) dry docked at Hunters Point Navy Yard at the beginning of her January, 1945 refit. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-61 Iowa234kThe Iowa (BB-61) gets a helping nudge out to sea by several tugs at the completion of her 1945 overhaul at Hunter's Point. National Archives photo # 19-N-83884, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa40kSeen after a refit at Hunters Point Navy Yard. Note the new enclosed square bridge area. She is now again wearing measure 22 camouflage, 18 March 1945.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa100kNote that the photo shows Iowa (BB-61) with her camoflage pattern squared off where the edges had been feather-edged, circa March 1945. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa458kIowa (BB-61) refueling to starboard of the Cahaba (AO-82) together with the carrier Shangri-La (CV-38) on 8 July 1945.
The Iowa's Mk.37 Secondary Battery Directors are topped with Mk.4/22.
On Spot 2 radar equipment Mk.8, a Main Battery Fire Control set. Iowa's mainmast with heavier legs is now topped by a new radar platform for the "SR", the first entirely new air search set since CXAM and similar in antenna size (15ft x 6ft) to SC-2, on the maintopmast. The relocated after "SG" surface search antenna is flanked by fighting lights and "Ski-pole" IFF antennas. On the Stb.yard is a TBS antenna.
Her foremast still has the 17' square "SK" antenna for long range ( 100nm) aircraft detection with a height capability at that range 0f 10,000'.
Behind it, on a topmast, the "DBA" radio direction finder flanked here P/S by two fighting lights.
On the aft end of the foretop there is a new "SU", a higher resolution X-band surface search set with good range performance (20nm on a battleship). It's small dish shows a shorter wavelength and it is enclosed in a radome.
There is an AS-56 antenna on the futtock brace of the foremast.
Atop Spot 1 the Mk.8 Mod.3 Main Battery Fire Control set.On both yardarms are BK-7 and anemometers. Two "TDY" jammers P/S of her foretop are visible.
USN photo & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa42k Missouri (BB-63) transferring men to Iowa (BB-61) while en-route to Japan, August 1945. USN photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 476k The Missouri (BB-63) transfers crew to her sister Iowa (BB-61) in the foreground for a landing party in Japan on 20 August 1945.
The Iowa now has the new Navigating Bridge and on her Fire Control Tower (Spot 3) Mk.27 radar. She now has radar equipment Mk.4/22 atop the Secondary Battery Directors Mk.37.
Just below her Forward Air Defence level a TDY jammer covering both low and high bands, back to back, has been fitted. The other two, flanking her foretop, remain. The SPT-4/ AS-37 have been removed from the Foretop.
Mk.8 Mod.1 main battery fire control radar has been fitted now atop her Mk.38 Director (Spot 1) and P/S of it two "Nancy" infrared beacons to her "SK" radar platform. The "SK" air search antenna itself is surmounted by a panel with BL-5 IFF. Fighting light flank her SU radome on her topmast.
Missouri had "SK-2" from the start and her SPT-4 (the 4 circular plates with long, thin spokes radiating from them) on all four sides of her Fwd. Air Defence Level) /AS-37 "Wagon Wheel" antennas are still there.
Note the very prominent Quad.Forty atop her No.two 16-Inch Main Battery turret.
Just like South Dakota (BB-57), Iowa could not have one for the same reasons described there. Two Mk.57 A.A. Directors with their MK.37 antennas are visible on both sides of her #1 Mk.37 Secondary Battery Director. On Spot 1 and - 2 she has radar equipment MK.8 Mod 1.
She now has the new SC-1 "Seahawk" on both her catapults.
USN photo & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 158k Escorted by the Nicholas (DD-449) and followed by the Iowa (BB-61), the Missouri (BB-63) steams up Tokyo Bay on 30 August 1945. Steaming to her anchorage in Tokyo Bay for the formal signing of the Japanese surrender, 29 August 1945. This photograph was flown to Washington, DC, directly from Japan, arriving on 2 September 1945, the day the Japanese surrender was signed. USNHC # NH 96780, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa53kMissouri (BB-63) with Iowa (BB-61), steam into Tokyo Bay.USN/Jose Vigil
BB-61 Iowa48k"The Third Fleet at sea is scarcely ever visible in its entirety to a single observer, either on the surface or in the air. What one sees is the aspect of some of the other ships in one's own task group. Occasionally, the whole fleet will rendevous at a prearranged site and then one can see lines of ships disappearing over the horizon in all directions. However, while steaming back and forth some 300 miles southeast of Honshu during the twelve days between 15 August 1945 and the 27th (when the fleet entered Japanese waters) the most impressive sight to this observer was the confident form of the battleship Iowa (BB-61)." Destination Tokyo Bay by Standish Backus, #1 Watercolor on paper, 1945. USNHC # 88-186-A.
BB-61 Iowa275k Cover of the V-J Day Booklet issued for the Iowa (BB-61) on 2 Sept 1945. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.

USS IOWA BB-61 History
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(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Veterans Association of the U.S.S. Iowa, Bill Kelly, Treasurer
Address: 2916 NW Bucklin Hill Rd #169
Silverdale Wa 98383
Phone: voice mail 1-877-909-6999
E-mail: John Bee
or E-mail:President John Lapotasky
Phone:
1-252-637-1723
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.
USS IOWA Web Page By the Iowa Reunion Assn.

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20mm Oerlikons 188k 20mm firing. Note the gun shield does not yet have the cutout for gun sight Mk.14.Mod.6. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. 015703s Sailors man 20mm guns during an operation. Note the Gunsight Mk.14 Mod.6 atop gun mount. 015703s (Almost)Unknown Photos 629k Bluejackets posing with their searchlight, May, 1940. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.