USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, USS Ticonderoga, and other warships at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Dec 1944, photo 3 of 3

Caption     USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, USS Ticonderoga, and other warships at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Dec 1944, photo 3 of 3 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-294129
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Photos on Same Day 8 Dec 1944
Photos at Same Place Ulithi, Caroline Islands
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
21 Apr 2019 04:49:21 PM

A careful comparison of ships’ berths taken from their War Diaries plotted on the Ulithi Mooring Plan has allowed the identification of several other ships in this photograph. Of course, the main row of Essex-class carriers from front-to-back are the USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, and USS Ticonderoga. Beyond Ticonderoga is the cruiser USS Santa Fe. In the row abaft the main row (to the left) are front-to-back USS San Jacinto, USS Lexington (Essex-class), and USS Langley (Independence-class). Underway in the fairway between these two rows are the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Healy and oiler USS Cahaba. Across the back left-to-right are battleship USS Washington, hospital ship USS Solace, battleships USS Iowa & USS South Dakota, hospital ship USS Samaritan, battleship USS New Jersey and two ships I could not identify (yet). Along the right edge of the frame across the fairway from Santa Fe front-to-back are cruisers USS New Orleans, USS Biloxi, and USS Mobile (just out of frame beyond the Mobile was the carrier USS Essex). Missing from the fairway between Santa Fe and Mobile is the cruiser USS Oakland – she left that spot for refueling on 8 Dec 1944 between 1235 and 1445 hours (local time) which is when this photo must have been taken. Allowing 20-30 minutes for Oakland to weigh anchor and move to her refueling spot and another 20-30 minutes to steam back up the fairway to her berth leaves just over an hour that Oakland would not be visible in this shot. Given that many World War II photographs cannot be dated to the proper year, it is nice to find one that can be dated to a single hour.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
26 Sep 2020 08:11:57 PM

Update to the update: The ship identified in the above comment as the USS New Orleans is in error. This ship (far right edge of photo closest to the camera) is far more likely the cruiser USS Baltimore.

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