Launching of submarine Bowfin, 7 Dec 1942, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States.Submarine Bowfin sponsor Mrs. Jane Gawne, Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, and Bowfin Maid of honor Miss Christine Gawne stand ready to christen the boat prior to her launch at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, 7 Dec 1942.Commander Joseph Willingham reading his orders to assume command of submarine USS Bowfin at her commissioning, 1 May 1943, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States.
Launching of submarine Bowfin, 7 Dec 1942, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States.Submarine Bowfin sponsor Mrs. Jane Gawne, Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, and Bowfin Maid of honor Miss Christine Gawne stand ready to christen the boat prior to her launch at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, 7 Dec 1942.Commander Joseph Willingham reading his orders to assume command of submarine USS Bowfin at her commissioning, 1 May 1943, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States.


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