New PDF release: Bonhomme Richard 1779

By Jean Boudriot

ISBN-10: 2903178194

ISBN-13: 9782903178192

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The idea of an armored flight deck was rejected both for considerations of weight and because an open, naturally ventilated hangar deck was desired. The larger ship was required because new airplanes needed a longer flight deck, and increases in aviation fuel capacity, armament, protection, and propulsive power. The new carriers were designed to be fast; a speed of 33 knots was required. As always, the size of American warships was limited by the width of the locks of the Panama Canal, 110’. In 1943 antiaircraft protection was increased, necessitating an increase in length, which was carried out in the later Essex class carriers.

Notice the lowered elevator in the flight deck forward. 19 damage by kamikaze, Okinawa, 6 Apr 1945. Damaged in typhoon in Philippine Sea, 5 Jun 1945. Decomm 1 Mar 1947. † 5 Saipan, Philippine Sea, Guam, Palau-Yap Raids 7/44, 4th Bonins Raid, Bonins-Yap Raids, Palau, Philippines Raids 9/44, Okinawa Raid 10/44, N. Luzon–Formosa Raids 10/44, Luzon Raids 10/44, Formosa Raids 1/45, Luzon Raids 1/45, China Coast Raids 1/45, Nansei Shoto Raid 1/45, Honshu Raid 2/45, Iwo Jima, Fleet Raids 1945, Raids on Japan 7–8/45.

5 Nov 1931 (4 killed). Damaged by 22 hits from coastal guns off Tinian, 24 Jul 1944. Damaged by two kamikazes, Leyte, 27 Nov 1944 (19 killed). Damaged by friendly gunfire, Lingayen, Luzon, 9 Jan 1945 (18 killed). Damaged by explosion, Okinawa, 20 Apr 1945. Decomm 7 Jan 1947. , Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Leyte, Mindoro, Lingayen, Okinawa. Tokyo Bay, Operation Magic Carpet. 23: West Virginia (BB 48), off Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, during the 1930s. One of the “Big Five,” she was the last battleship to be completed after World War I.

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