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pappina #1 Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:05 PM

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The Bismarck Sea's career in the Pacific side of the World War II was cut short when she was struck by two kamikazes on February, 21 1945 while helping in the invasion of Iwo Jima. She was to be the very last carrier to be sunk in the Second World War.

During her short lived carrier as an escort carrier she had fought in Philippines campaign and had helped during the Iwo Jima invasion also, had helped to escort convoys between San Diego and the Marshall Islands.

                                                                                               The sinking
On February, 21 1945, somewhere near Iwo Jima; a kamikaze plane managed to slip through the curtain of lead being put out by the AA guns of the Bismark Sea and crashed  into the hangar deck and struck her magazine. The fires were almost finally put out from the first kamikaze and the second one came through the wall of lead and struck her in the elevator shaft and destroyed the fire fighting salt water distribution system preventing anymore damage control. All surviving sailors  were forced to abandon ship and were picked up by 3 destroyers and 3 destroyer escorts. She had lost 318 sailors from the attack.


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Class & type: Casablanca-class escort carrier
Displacement: 7,800 tons (light)
10,400 tons (full load)
Length: 512 ft 3 in (156.13 m) overall
Beam: 65 ft 2 in (19.86 m)
108 ft 1 in (32.94 m) maximum width
Draft: 22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 5-cylinder reciprocating Skinner Unaflow engines
4 × 285 psi boilers
2 shafts, 9,000 shp
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h)
Range: 10,240 nmi (18,960 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h)
Complement: 923
Armament: 1 × 5-inch/38 cal DP gun
16 × 40 mm AA cannon in 8 twin mounts
20 × 20 mm AA machine guns in single mounts
Aircraft carried: 27
Service record
Part of: United States Pacific Fleet (1944-1945)
Operations: Philippines campaign
Invasion of Iwo Jima
Awards: 3 Battle stars

andypandy1996 #2 Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:17 PM

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Quite interesting. I dig reciprocating engines. Those are my favorite engines.

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bellin2002 #3 Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:21 PM

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father_ted #4 Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:43 PM

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cool stuff really intresting design

ironcladtanker #5 Posted 20 November 2013 - 12:05 AM

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50 were built by Kaiser Shipbuilding in Vancouver, WA.  5 were lost to enemy action.  NONE survived to be preserved.  More Casa's were built than any other class of carrier.  It's a shame none survived.  The U.S.S. White Plains has recently been credited with scoring 6 hits on the heavy cruiser I.J.N. Cho Kai during Taffy 3's legendary defense.  Those hits are thought to have caused the Cho Kai's torpedos to explode, fatally damaging the cruiser.  The Casa's only had ONE 5" gun, and the 11,700 yard range is nearly the maximum range for the type White Plains mounted.  Also, the Guadalcanal, commanded by Capt(later Admiral) Dan Gallery captured the U-505.  The boarding(under fire) was the first time since the American Civil War that an American commander had given the order "Away boarding parties".

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Good article.

View Postgeographer, on 20 November 2013 - 12:11 AM, said:

50 were built by Kaiser Shipbuilding in Vancouver, WA.  5 were lost to enemy action.  NONE survived to be preserved.  More Casa's were built than any other class of carrier.  It's a shame none survived.
That it a shame. Where they all sold for scrap? All 45? What happened to them?

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ArcticDark81 #8 Posted 20 November 2013 - 12:21 AM

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Very interesting, any more info?

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Most were scrapped between 1959 and 1961.  The U.S.S. Thetis Bay went through heavy modification and became LPH-6.  She was scrapped in 1964.

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View Postgeographer, on 20 November 2013 - 12:29 AM, said:

Most were scrapped between 1959 and 1961.  The U.S.S. Thetis Bay went through heavy modification and became LPH-6.  She was scrapped in 1964.

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tankwarhammer9000 #11 Posted 20 November 2013 - 12:52 AM

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What a small aircraft carrier
i always did like escorts.. :)

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ironcladtanker #12 Posted 20 November 2013 - 01:05 AM

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Uggg, wait, I thought the Bismarck was only a German Battleship?
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View Posttankwarhammer9000, on 20 November 2013 - 12:52 AM, said:

i always did like escorts.. :)

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I want to test the bismark :)

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View Postironcladtanker, on 20 November 2013 - 01:05 AM, said:

Uggg, wait, I thought the Bismarck was only a German Battleship?
The USS Bismarck Sea was probably named in honour of the battle which took place there in March 1943. The sea itself was named after Otto von Bismarck.

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