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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
January - August 1945

Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Bravo - Lima

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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, January 6, 1941. Launched January 29, 1944. Commissioned June 11, 1944. Decommissioned February 26, 1955. Recommissioned May 10, 1986. Decommissioned March 31, 1992. Stricken for disposal January 12, 1995. Donated for preservation May 4, 1998.
Fate: Preserved as a museum at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 1998.
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BB-63 Missouri 70k Photo taken 10 April 1945 shows the Missouri (BB-63) being fueled by the oiler Niobara (AO-72) in moderate seas off Okinawa. The large derrick amidships on the oiler is used for loading and unloading landing craft. In the background can be seen the light carrier Langley (CVL-27) and the large cruiser Alaska (CB-1). USN photo.
BB-63 Missouri 858k About to be hit by a Japanese A6M "Zero" Kamikaze, while operating off Okinawa on 11 April 1945. The plane hit the ship's side below the main deck, causing minor damage and no casualties on board the battleship. A 40mm quad gun mount's crew is in action in the lower foreground. The photographer has been identified as Seaman Len Schmidt. Text courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 62696. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 10/25/08.
BB-63 Missouri123kJapanese A6M "Zero" Kamikaze hits Missouri's (BB-63) starboard side on 11 April 1945.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 10/25/08.
BB-63 Missouri800kJapanese A6M "Zero" Kamikaze, hits Missouri's (BB-63) starboard side on 11 April 1945.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 10/25/08.
BB-63 Missouri 50k A 40mm barrel is seen impaled by a machine gun from the kamikaze hit at Okinawa on 11 April 1945. USN photo.
BB-63 Missouri 19k Damage from a kamakaize attack on the Missouri (BB-63), 11 April 1945, off the coast of Okinawa. Photo from WW II Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 17k Damage from a kamakaize attack on the Missouri (BB-63), 16 April 1945, off the coast of Okinawa. Photo from WW II Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 128k Seen from Yorktown (CV-10). Note the bloomers on the 5in/38cal barrels, July 1945. USN photo.
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.
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 72k Surrender of Japan, 1945. Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, Third Fleet, and other senior U.S. and British Navy officers toast the end of World War II, aboard Missouri (BB-63), 22 August 1945. Those present are (left to right): Rear Admiral Robert B. Carney, USN; Captain J.P.L. Reid, RN; Vice Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, RN; Admiral Halsey; Vice Admiral John S. McCain, USN, and Rear Admiral Wilder D. Baker, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-331688, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 72k Admiral Halsey's Saddle. Fancy tooled leather saddle presented to Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, by the Reno, Nevada, Chamber of Commerce in 1945. The saddle, which was highlined to Missouri (BB-63), Halsey's flagship, on 25 August 1945, had been made in response to an earlier comment by the Admiral's Flag Secretary, Commander Harold Stassen, that "It won't be long before Admiral Halsey is riding the Emperor's white horse."Though Halsey never had an opportunity to put the saddle to its intended use, it became part of the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, in Annapolis, Maryland. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-17611, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 71k 27 August 1945. Japanese harbor pilot boards the Missouri (BB-63) with charts for sailing into Sagami Bay. USNHC # 80-G-490393, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 90k Japanese naval officers go over charts of Sagami and Tokyo Bays during a piloting conference with Admiral William F. Halsey's Third Fleet staff, 27 August 1945, as preparations were being made for the entrance of U.S. Third Fleet and British Pacific Fleet ships into Japanese waters. At left, in baseball cap, is Rear Admiral Robert B. Carney, Third Fleet Chief of Staff. At right is Japanese language officer Commander Gilven M. Slonim. The State of Missouri Seal is on the bulkhead in the upper left corner. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-490401now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 126k 27 August 1945 photo of the ship sailing into Sagami Bay for negotiations and instructions for entering Tokyo Bay. She is flying two battle flags, one from her lower mainmast and the other from her upper foremast. The two planes at the stern are the new Curtiss SC-1 "Seahawk" which replaced the OS2U Kingfisher in late 1945-early 1946. USN photo.
BB-63 Missouri 45k Sagami Wan, Japan. Warships of the U.S. Third Fleet and the British Pacific Fleet in Sagami Wan, 28 August 1945, preparing for the the formal Japanese surrender a few days later. Mount Fujiyama is in the background. Nearest ship is Missouri (BB-63), flying Admiral William F. Halsey's four-star flag. British battleship Duke of York is just beyond her, with HMS King George V further in. Colorado (BB-45) is in the far center distance. Also present are U.S. and British cruisers and U.S. destroyers. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-339360, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 86k Admiral Halsey welcomes Fleet Admiral Nimitz aboard the Missouri (BB-63), 29 August 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-490425, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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-63 Missouri 99k Oil on canvas print by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "Triumph and Peace" depicts the Missouri (BB-63) and the Nicholas (DD-449) as they enter Tokyo Bay 30 August 1945 to take the surrender of the Japanese. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-63 Missouri 69k Anchored in Sagami Wan or Tokyo Bay, Japan, with other units of the U.S. Third Fleet, 30 August 1945. Mount Fujiyama is faintly visible in the distance. Missouri (BB-63) is flying Admiral William F. Halsey's four-star flag. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-490436, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 49k Line drawing of the Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, 30 August 1945. Courtesy of Joe Radigan / USN.
BB-63 Missouri 91k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Stan Stokes entitled "Best of Their Breed". The Missouri's (BB-63) bow frames Mt. Fuji, Japan. August 1945. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-63 Missouri 62k Missouri's (BB-63) bow frames Mt. Fuji, Japan. 1945. USNHC # 80-G-700863, now in the collections of the National Archives.

MISSOURI BB-63 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Herbert Fahr Jr
Address: 24 Clark Street, PLAINVIEW NY 11803-5114.
Phone: 516 931-1769
E-mail: Mr. Herbert Fahr Jr.



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