Higgins type motor torpedo boats (PTs) of Motor Torpedo Squadron 13, moored alongside the tender USS Gillis (AVD-12) in Casco Cove, Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Aleutians, 21 June 1943. Official USN Photographs (National Archives) 80-G-K-9454 (Color). This photograph is a companion to 80-G-K-16165. published in Warship International No. 3, 1986. and presumably was taken at the same time. Note the PBY Catalina flying boat astern of Gillis.
The light cruiser USS Concord (CL-10) at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, on 6 January 1943. Official U.S. Army Photograph USA C-627 (Color). CL-10 spent much of WW2 as a unit of the Southeast Pacific Force, escorting convoys.
A group of Japanese WW II aircraft carrying subs alongside the U.S. Navy tender USS Proteus (AS-19) at the Yokosuka Naval Base. One of the subs is identified as the I-400. These subs were intended for an attack on the Panama Canal and germ warfare against the continental U.S. The I-400 & 401 were sunk as gun targets by the U.S. Navy. The I-402 was sunk in April of 1946 by the U.S. Navy. Official U.S.N. Photo, National Archives, No. 80-G-339853, dated 7 Sept. 1945.
Two German battleships of the Deutschland class shown here in transit through the Kiel Canal prior to WW II. The two ships were the Schlesien and the Schleswig-Holstein. Both ships participated in the opening phases of WW II by firing on Polish positions. Both ships were lost in WW II; Schlesien was scuttled 4 May 1945 after striking mines and receiving bomb hits off Swinemunde; Schleswig-Holstein heavily damaged by bombing 18 December 1944 and scuttled 21 May 1945.
USS Gyatt DD-712 - Official USN Photo - Launched -15 April 1945 - Commissioned – 2 July 1945 - A member of the Gearing class.Named after Edward E. Gyatt, USMC killed in action on Guadalcanel. He was awarded the Silver Star. After commissioning, the Gyatt served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In 1955/56, the ship was modernized with Denny-Brown stabilizers and guided missile launchers to become the world’s first guided missile destroyer. Reclassified DDG-712 on 1 Dec. 1956. Participated in “Project Mercury” and various testing and evaluation procedures during her service.
The USS Langley (AV-3) shown here in 1939. The vessel’s flight deck has been shortened and she was no longer used as a carrier; instead Langley had become a ferry for transporting aircraft. She was lost in WW II. Photograph from the collection of our member Leo van Ginderen.