The battle for Saipan

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paul.mercer
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The battle for Saipan

Post by paul.mercer » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:22 am

Gentlemen,
On one of the 'Freeview' TV programs last week it featured the US attack on Saipan and the Japanese attack on their ships by Kamakasi aircraft in which a US battleship (Washington or South Dakota I think?) was hit, while there is plenty of evidence of the damage caused to US carriers because of their wooden decking are there any reports of the damage caused to the battleship or would her heavy armour have prevented it?

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Re: The battle for Saipan

Post by OpanaPointer » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:32 am

Pros and cons frequently debated. RN armored flight decks protected the hangar decks beneath. AND we would have had two carriers instead of three at Midway if the USN used the same system.

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Re: The battle for Saipan

Post by Byron Angel » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:57 am

paul.mercer wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:22 am
Gentlemen,
On one of the 'Freeview' TV programs last week it featured the US attack on Saipan and the Japanese attack on their ships by Kamakasi aircraft in which a US battleship (Washington or South Dakota I think?) was hit, while there is plenty of evidence of the damage caused to US carriers because of their wooden decking are there any reports of the damage caused to the battleship or would her heavy armour have prevented it?

Hi Paul,
Following is taken from an obscure book "The Sacrificial Lambs", which deals with the Kamikaze campaign against the USN. The book is focused upon the experiences of the USN destroyers, but references the experiences of just about every ship struck. I've included the BBs and large CVs below (list is not all-inclusive) -

CV USS FRANKLIN - 13 Oct 44 - Hit by 1 a/c (no damage details); remained on station.
CV USS INTREPID - 30 Oct 44 - Hit by burning Zero (portside gun tub - 10k 6w); remained on station.
CV USS LEXINGTON - 05 Nov 44 - hit by 1 a/c ("island" superstructure - mostly wrecked); to Ulithi for repairs.
CV USS INTREPID - 25 Nov 44 - hit by 2 a/c (65k); to San Francisco for repairs.
CVL USS CABOT - 25 Nov 44 - hit by 1 burning a/c + near miss by 1 burning a/c (62 k&w); to Ulithi for repairs.
CV USS ESSEX - 25 Nov 44 - hit by 1 a/c on flight deck among fueled and armed a/c (15k 44w); repair situation unkown.
BB USS COLORADO - 27 Nov 44 - hit by 2 a/c on deck (19k 72w); to Manus Island for repairs.
BB USS MARYLAND - 29 Nov 44 - hit by 1 a/c between fwd turrets (31k); to Pearl Harbor for repairs.
BB USS NEW MEXICO - 06 Jan 45 - hit by 1 a/c on bridge (29k 87w); stayed on station for 3 days, then to Pearl Harbor for repairs.
BB USS CALIFORNIA - 06 Jan 45 - hit by 1 a/c (44k 155w); stayed on station until 23 Jan 45, then to Bremerton for repairs.
BB USS MISSISSIPPI - 06 Jan 45 - hit by 1 a/c on w/l; remained on station.
CV USS TICONDEROGA - 21 Jan 45 - hit by 2 a/c: first on flight deck w/ bomb exploding over hangar deck; 2nd on stbd side near island; heavy damage and loss of life; to Ulithi for temporary repairs, then to Bremerton for major repairs.
CV USS SARATOGA - 21 Feb 45 - hit by 1 (or 6!?) a/c (123 k&w); to Bremerton for repairs.
CV USS RANDOLPH - 11 Mar 45 - hit by 1 twin engine a/c on stbd side aft (25k 106w); remained on station.
CV USS HORNET - 18 Mar 45 - hit by 1 a/c (no casualty figures); de-commissioned in Bayonne NJ.
CV USS FRANKLIN - 19 Mar 45 - 2 bomb hits with catastrophic damage (724k 265w); towed back to US for major repairs.
BB USS NEVADA - 27 Mar 45 - hit by 1 a/c, disabling after turret (11k 49w); remained on station.

This only brings us up to Okinawa. But I'm tired of typing :wink:

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