Aircraft carriers and other ships at anchor at Ulithi Atol, on 8 December 1944. Carriers in line are (from front): USS WASP (CV-18); USS YORKTOWN (CV-10); USS HORNET (CV-19); USS HANCOCK (CV-19); USS TICONDEROGA (CV-140; USS LEXINGTON (CV-16) is in the left background. Note camouflage schemes used. Photographed from USS TICONDEROGA (CV-16) plane
One of two photographs titled Murderer's Row. The other being of pre Fast Battleships in line. Both are very moving photos.ReplyDelete
There is also an INDEPENDENCE class CL in the picture.
There are TWO INDEPENDENCE class. LANGLEY in front of LEXINGTON, and SAN JACINTO, behind.ReplyDelete
This photo has also been called Murderer's Row. http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/pacificwar/260.jpgReplyDelete
I saw a listing once of the numbers of American and Japanese carriers over time. You could see what happened when Japan did indeed, "awaken the sleeping giant".ReplyDelete
The Japs should have stayed homeDelete
My Dad served on the USS Phillipine Sea, the USS Valley Forge, and the USS Boxer, all during the Korean War. He would've loved that picture.ReplyDelete
The majority are wearing Measure 32, a disruptive camouflage scheme. If you note the dark ship to the left, it's wearing 21, an all navy blue scheme. At range, the disruptive scheme would blend together, but in close the purpose was to confuse the silhouette and anyone that might be shooting at it.ReplyDelete
Hornet was CV-12, not CV-19.
Three of them still exist: Hornet is in California, Lexington is in Texas and Yorktown is in South Carolina, all as museum ships.
Great pic, thanks for sharing.