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US navy Battle Damage Reports

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Interesting summary with diagrams here:

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/w/war-damage-reports/summary-of-war-damage-17-oct-1941-to-7-dec-1942.html

 

There are also more detailed reports for various specific battles, however this "First year of war" summary is also pretty interesting. For example...

 

SummWarDamageSurface-17OCT41-7DEC42-46.j

MASSACHUSETTS (BB59)

11/8/42

North Africa

Gunfire - 3

Direct hits by two 240mm S.A.P. projectiles and one ricochet - minor damage.

 

 

SummWarDamageSurface-17OCT41-7DEC42-47.j

SOUTH DAKOTA (BB57)

11/15/42

Guadalcanal

Gunfire -45 - 50

General gunfire damage topside with heaviest concentration on forward superstructure. One 14" (apparently bombardment) projectile struck starboard side barbette No. III turret just above main deck, causing minor damage outside barbette.

 

 

SummWarDamageSurface-17OCT41-7DEC42-23.j

 

VINCENNES (CA44)
War Damage Report No. 29

8/9/42

Savo Is.

Gunfire (at least 57 hits) Probably Sub. Torp. (1 possibly 2)

Capsized

Eight-inch and five-inch projectile damage above second deck. One, possibly two, torpedo hits port side in way of forward 8" magazine. Uncontrolled fires.

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, the detailed reports from the fights around Guadalcanal are telling, the USS San Francisco one is also rather interesting.

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