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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
July - 1944 / Fitting Out

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 143k Missouri (BB-63) and the Wisconsin (BB-64) were completed with enclosed square-faced bridges like this one. There were no baffles, but glass windshields could be raised to protect both primary and secondary conning positions. Note the siren bracketed to the side of the forward fire control tower, and the small Mark 27 radar that replaced the Mark 3 of earlier battleships atop the conning tower. Abaft it is a 36-inch searchlight. The newly completed Missouri is shown at the NYNY on 23 July 1944. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-63 Missouri 418k Main deck of the Missouri (BB-63) looking aft from 20mm platform on stem ahead, 23 July 1944 at the New York Navy Yard. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 356k Looking forward from top of conning and fire control tower into open bridge. USN photo # F1112C207 via USNIP courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri76k Port side looking fwd. and inbd. showing #1 stack, foremast etc. New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri553kView of the secondary armament at New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri934kPort side looking fwd. and inbd. from aft, New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri279kPort side looking aft from abreast of turret #2, New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri306kLooking aft from top of 5-Inch Mt. #10, New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo # F1112C213 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri948kLooking down the barrel of 16' gun and secondary armament towards the stern, New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri866kStern view looking forward from drydock caisson, New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri836kPropellers and rudder,New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri530kPort side propellers and skeg, New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri752kPort side propeller and shaft, New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri228kBow view looking aft from inboard end of drydock. Note camouflage pattern painted on her hull at New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944.USN photo # F1112C194 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri550kStarboard side looking aft from bottom of drydock at the New York Navy Yard, 23 July 1944USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 243k Port side of upper bow looking inboard from side of drydock. Navy Yard, New York, 23 July 1944. USN photo # F1112C195 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 400k Port side looking inboard showing whaleboat davit stowage, 23 July 1944 at the New York Navy Yard.
For a closer look at whaleboat davit stowage, see the following PDF file and photos here
USN photo # F1112C197 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 440k Looking aft at # 2 stack & main mast from pilot house top level, 23 July 1944 at the New York Navy Yard. USN photo # F1112C210 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 391k Main deck looking forward from the stern, 23 July 1944 at the New York Navy Yard. USN photo # F1112C215 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 297k Main deck of the Missouri (BB-63) port side looking aft & outboard at whaleboat storage, 23 July 1944 at the New York Navy Yard. USN photo # F1112C219 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 91k In New York Harbor, 30 July 1944, with a barge alongside. She is wearing 32/22D camo pattern. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-190546, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-63 Missouri 267k A 350-ton Hammerhead Crane alongside the Missouri (BB-63) helps put the finishing touches on her. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-63 Missouri 265k July 1944 photo of the Missouri (BB-63) wearing her dazzle paint pattern. She is wearing 32/22D camo pattern. Note the OS2U Kingfisher scout plane in flight above her after 16" turret. Official USN photo from the Public Information Office, 3rd Naval District, 90 Church Street, N.Y. 7, N.Y., File # 2255-1 courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-63 Missouri 107k At anchor in this July, 1944 photo. All radars in this photo have been erased by the wartime censor. USN photo.
BB-63 Missouri 129k Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Chesapeake Bay after commissioning. A good detail shot of the forward deck/superstructure area. Noticeable atop #2 turret is a quad 40mm gun mount. Except for the Iowa (BB-61), all of the class were completed with a mount at this location. The Iowa was designed as a Fleet Flagship, like the South Dakota (BB-57). The Iowa was completed with a 20mm gun array on #2 turret so as not to block the view of the flag bridge, located below the conning bridge station. The Iowa was large enough and not restricted by treaty conditions, so she carried ten 5"/38 caliber twin mounts, like the others in the class. USN photo.
BB-63 Missouri 229k Stern view of the Missouri (BB-63) underway, 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph, courtesy of John Hummel, photo i.d. courtesy of Benjamin F. Graves.
BB-63 Missouri 99k Missouri (BB-63) on gunnery trials on Chesapeake Bay in August, 1944. The three in-flight shells fired from #3 turret are visible in the upper left of the photo. This photo was officially released in December, 1944, one month after the ship had left for the Pacific War zone. USN photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-63 Missouri923kMissouri (BB-63) on gunnery trials. USN photo via USNIP courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 1.1m Target practice on board Missouri (BB-63). USN photo via USNIP courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 111k Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia. Warships at the Base piers, circa August 1944. Among them are: Missouri (BB-63), the largest ship; Alaska (CB-1), on the other side of the pier; Croatan (CVE-25), and destroyers of the Fletcher and "Four-Pipe, Flush-Deck" classes at the next pier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-190547, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

USS 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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