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USS SAVANNAH (CL 42)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Quebec - Lima


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - BROOKLYN
Displacement 9,475 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 4" (oa) x 61' 8" x 24' (Max)
Armament 15 x 6"/47, 8 x 5"/38AA, 8 x 0.5" 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 6 1/2" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 868.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 31 MAY 1934 by the New York Shipbuilding Association, Camden NJ
Launched 08 MAY 1937
Commissioned 10 MAR 1938
Decommissioned 03 FEB 1947
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap to Bethlehem Steel Co. 25 JAN 1960.

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Savannah 73k (poor) Pre War Image. USN
Savannah 232k Starboard Bow, February 8, 1938. Image # (19-N-186698) National Archives
Savannah 69k

USS Savannah (CL 42) Making a full power run during trials off Rockland, Maine, in February 1938. Courtesy of Captain Church Chappell, USN (Retired), 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 82110

USNHC
Savannah 73k

Curtiss SOC-3 scout-observation floatplane Stripped for maintenance in the hangar of USS Savannah (CL 42), circa 1938. The plane's engine is a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 nine-cylinder radial. Courtesy of Louis A. Davison, 1977.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 85630

USNHC
Savannah 81k

USS Savannah (CL 42) Steaming at sea, circa early 1943. This photograph has been retouched by the wartime censor to remove radar antennas atop her masts and main battery gun directors. However, the radar antennas mounted on her secondary battery gun directors remain visible.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97958.

USNHC
Savannah 120k

USS Savannah (CL 42) off New York City, with a barge and tug alongside, 1 May 1943.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-44025.

National Archives/Fred Weiss
Savannah 71k

Algiers, Algeria - Two "Liberty" ships afire in Algiers harbor, following a German air attack, 16 July 1943. USS Savannah (CL 42) is in the foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-K-3965.

Scott Dyben
Savannah 104k

USS Savannah (CL 42) Is hit by a German radio-controlled bomb, while supporting Allied forces ashore during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. The bomb hit the top of the ship's number three 6"/47 gun turret and penetrated deep into her hull before exploding. The photograph shows the explosion venting through the top of the turret and also through Savannah's hull below the waterline. A motor torpedo boat (PT) is passing by in the foreground. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral H. Kent Hewett, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 95562.

National Archives/Fred Weiss
Savannah 34k Photo taken September 11, 1943 off Salerno shows Savannah being hit by German FX-1400 radio controlled bomb. USN
Savannah 73k

USS Savannah (CL 42) Afire immediately after she was hit by a German guided bomb during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. Smoke is pouring from the bomb's impact hole atop the ship's number three 6"/47 gun turret.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives - SC 243636

National Archives
Savannah 60k

USS Savannah (CL 42) Afire and beginning to settle by the bow, very soon after she was hit by a German guided bomb during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. The bomb penetrated the top of the ship's number three 6"/47 gun turret, which is in the center of this photograph with smoke over it.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives - SC 364342

National Archives
Savannah 216k

USS Savannah (CL 42) - Crewmen fighting fires in the ship's # 3 six-inch gun turret, after it was hit by a German guided bomb during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. Note fully-equipped life rafts stowed atop the turret, and casualties laid out on deck alongside the # 2 turret.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-54357

National Archives
Savannah 129k

USS Savannah (CL 42) - Bomb penetration hole atop her number three 6"/47 gun turret, while the ship was undergoing initial repairs off Salerno, Italy. She was hit by a German radio-controlled bomb on 11 September 1943, during the Salerno operation. Note life rafts atop the turret, one of which has been cut in two by the bomb. Also note the turret's armored faceplate. View looks forward, with number two 6"/47 gun turret in the immediate background. The original photo caption, released on 2 November 1943, reads (in part): "A round, clean hole marks the point of entry of a Nazi bomb on the cruiser Savannah. Inside, all was chaos, smoke, blood, and death."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97959

USNHC
Savannah 80k

USS Savannah (CL 42) Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 5 September 1944, following battle damage repairs and modernization.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97955.

USNHC
Savannah
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USS Savannah (CL 42) Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 5 September 1944, following battle damage repairs and modernization.

BuAer photo #179299

David Buell
Savannah 285k 5 September 1944 photo as rebuilt after FX-1400 guided bomb damage off Salerno. Hull is blistered up to the main deck and her former single 5"/25 guns have been replaced with twin 5"/38s. She is also fitted with a new bridge and new light weight antiaircraft guns and arrangement of those guns. The entire Brooklyn class was planned to be so modified but this was cancelled at the end of the war. USN
Savannah
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131k 5 September 1944 photo as rebuilt after FX-1400 guided bomb damage off Salerno. Hull is blistered up to the main deck and her former single 5"/25 guns have been replaced with twin 5"/38s. She is also fitted with a new bridge and new light weight antiaircraft guns and arrangement of those guns. The entire Brooklyn class was planned to be so modified but this was cancelled at the end of the war. Robert Hurst
Savannah
0404220
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5 September 1944 photo as rebuilt after FX-1400 guided bomb damage off Salerno. Hull is blistered up to the main deck and her former single 5"/25 guns have been replaced with twin 5"/38s. She is also fitted with a new bridge and new light weight antiaircraft guns and arrangement of those guns. The entire Brooklyn class was planned to be so modified but this was cancelled at the end of the war.

U.S. Navy photo #1769-44, BuAer photo #179299

David Buell
Savannah 96k

USS Savannah (CL 42) Photographed from a blimp of squadron ZP-11, while underway off the New England coast (position 42-30N, 68-36W) on 30 October 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97956

USNHC
Savannah 151k Starboard side view of rebuilt ship in April, 1945 showing modified bridge and twin 5"/38 turrets. USN
Savannah
0404218
197k

Starboard bow view while steaming in the Savannah River, Savannah Georgia while attending Navy Day celebrations on or about 27 October 1945.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Giffin, Robert Carlisle, CAPT VADM 03/10/1938 - 05/15/1940
Patrick, Harry Gates, CAPT   05/15/1940 - 07/12/1940
Tawresey, Alfred Paul Haken, CDR   07/12/1940 - 07/19/1940
Kiland, Ingolf Norman, CDR VADM 07/19/1940 - 08/08/1940
Bennett, Andrew Carl, CAPT   08/08/1940 - 06/10/1942
Fiske, Leon Sangster, CAPT   06/10/1942 - 02/171943
Carey, Robert Webster, CAPT RADM 02/17/1943 - 10/12/1943
Lohmann, Philip Daniel, CAPT RADM 10/12/1943 - 01/22/1944
Scott, David Darwin, CDR   01/22/1944 - 03/271944
Holcombe, Charles Mortimer, LCDR   03/27/1944 - 04/06/1944
Davis, Ernest Judson, CDR   04/06/1944 - 06/26/1944
Foskett, James H., CAPT VADM 06/26/1944 - 06/09/1945
Hoffman, Edward Earl, CDR   06/09/1945 - 06/14/1945
Harper, Bryan Cobb, CAPT   06/14/1945 - 03/01/1946

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS SAVANNAH (CL 42) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Robert B Beamer
Address: 1400 S Sunkist, #66 Anaheim, CA, 92806-5618
Phone: 714-535-1400
E-mail:rbeamer@dellepro.com


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.


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