Jump to content


Aircraft Carrier identity?

Started by Bluehawk , Nov 26 2010 05:56 PM

  • Please log in to reply
32 replies to this topic

#1 Bluehawk

Bluehawk
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,976
  • 5,738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 26 November 2010 - 05:56 PM

Anyone here have a clue about this? (trying to help a friend)

Attached Images

  • 32205.jpg

Edited by Bluehawk, 26 November 2010 - 05:56 PM.


#2 alarmadillo

alarmadillo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 8,528
  • 209 posts
  • Location:Georgia, USA

Posted 26 November 2010 - 06:16 PM

I wish that I could help you with the carrier's identity, but couldn't help but notice that she's steaming in reverse, and it appears that a TBF/TBM is landing on the launching deck. Very neat photo! Good luck with the ID.

#3 Bluehawk

Bluehawk
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,976
  • 5,738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 26 November 2010 - 06:18 PM

I wish that I could help you with the carrier's identity, but couldn't help but notice that she's steaming in reverse, and it appears that a TBF/TBM is landing on the launching deck. Very neat photo! Good luck with the ID.

Strange, I know.

What in the heck IS this? :blink:

#4 67Rally

67Rally
  • Members
    • Member ID: 9,529
  • 2,768 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington State

Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:12 PM

I suck at WWII carrier class IDing. What's weird about this is considering the aircraft is inbound on the bow and the deck (aft) is filled with aircraft, what is going to arrest this bird? Those cables are very much aft.

#5 Bagman

Bagman
  • Members
    • Member ID: 545
  • 350 posts

Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:28 PM

Ahoy-

I believe the ship in the picture is one of ten so-called "short hulled" ESSEX Class carriers. Th ESSEX was the first.

Through the 1930's and up into WWII, U.S. Navy carriers were designed so as to be able to land aircraft with the ship steaming either direction. There was hydraulic arresting gear installed on both ends of the flight deck, although the cables were not rigged forward normally for obvious reasons.

Hope this helps.

Terry ("Bagman")

#6 Bluehawk

Bluehawk
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,976
  • 5,738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 27 November 2010 - 06:07 AM

We are advancing here gentlemen!

ESSEX Class, so that will give me something to look up and maybe find out which one had that type of aircraft aboard.

p.s.
The closest I have been to a Naval vessel is a tour aboard the Jeremiah O'Brien. :lol:

#7 usmcski

usmcski
  • Members
    • Member ID: 1,867
  • 731 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:At the Slopchute

Posted 27 November 2010 - 06:28 AM

Hey, 'Hawk,

Are you able to zoom in on the photo at all? Depending on the timeframe, you may be able to tell which flattop it is if the tails of the air wing are painted. If it's a late war photo, there should be geometric images painted on the vertical stabs....

GREAT photo, though, I don't think I've ever seen a carrier steaming backwards!

Semper,

Ski

#8 teufelhunde.ret

teufelhunde.ret

    MODERATOR

  • Moderators
    • Member ID: 376
  • 15,786 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:EGA Headquarters

Posted 27 November 2010 - 06:37 AM

A hunch - USS Intrepid

#9 Bluehawk

Bluehawk
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,976
  • 5,738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 27 November 2010 - 06:46 AM

A hunch - USS Intrepid

I shall investigate in that direction, thanks!

#10 Bluehawk

Bluehawk
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,976
  • 5,738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 27 November 2010 - 06:47 AM

Hey, 'Hawk,

Are you able to zoom in on the photo at all? Depending on the timeframe, you may be able to tell which flattop it is if the tails of the air wing are painted. If it's a late war photo, there should be geometric images painted on the vertical stabs....

GREAT photo, though, I don't think I've ever seen a carrier steaming backwards!

Semper,

Ski

Not skilled enough to do that Ski... but, good hint, I shall continue using that idea!

#11 Brian D

Brian D
  • Members
    • Member ID: 291
  • 3,223 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indiana, USA

Posted 27 November 2010 - 01:58 PM

I would also guess that this is a pic of CV-11.....USS Intrepid.....I looked at the 20 year cruise book and believe that the towers on the super structure look like the same as in the photo that you posted. Couldn't find your picture exactly though. ;)
My dad was on the Intrepid in the early 60's there Blue.....think you may know him!!!!!! ha

Edited by Brian D, 27 November 2010 - 01:58 PM.


#12 Sabrejet

Sabrejet
  • Members
    • Member ID: 8,022
  • 36,344 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Wales, U.K.

Posted 27 November 2010 - 02:02 PM

I once spent several fascinating hours on board the Intrepid when I visited NYC. A fine vessel! Even better since her re-fit I'm sure!

Sabrejet :thumbsup:

#13 Jack's Son

Jack's Son

    BANNED

  • Banned
    • Member ID: 8,213
  • 19,660 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Over the rainbow.

Posted 27 November 2010 - 02:21 PM

I too visited the Intrepid, and this picture is definitely not her.
I know...... because when I got off, I left my initials on the side.
JS

post_3976_1290822958.jpg

#14 Brian D

Brian D
  • Members
    • Member ID: 291
  • 3,223 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indiana, USA

Posted 27 November 2010 - 02:57 PM

I too visited the Intrepid, and this picture is definitely not her.
I know...... because when I got off, I left my initials on the side.
JS

post_3976_1290822958.jpg

:mad: Vandalizing Gov't property is NOT cool JS! :lol: Besides, I don't think that you visited her when this picture was taken......all though rumor has it that you are "older"! ;)

#15 Jack's Son

Jack's Son

    BANNED

  • Banned
    • Member ID: 8,213
  • 19,660 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Over the rainbow.

Posted 27 November 2010 - 03:14 PM

OH!........that's cold,
b-
e-
l-
o-
w- the belt!! :evilgrin: Way below. :disgust:

:w00t:

Edited by Jack's Son, 27 November 2010 - 03:29 PM.


#16 Bagman

Bagman
  • Members
    • Member ID: 545
  • 350 posts

Posted 27 November 2010 - 04:07 PM

Ahoy-

To narrow the choices a bit, there were ten short-hulled ESSEX Class carriers constructed. List follows with commissioning dates:

CV-9 ESSEX 31 Dec 42
CV-16 LEXINGTON 17 Feb 43
CV-10 YORKTOWN 15 Apr 43
CV-17 BUNKER HILL 24 May 43
CV-11 INTREPID 16 Aug 43
CV-18 WASP 24 Nov 43

CV-12 HORNET 29 Nov 43
CV-13 FRANKLIN 31 Jan 44
CV-20 BENNINGTON 6 Aug 44
CV-31 BON HOMME RICHARD 26 Nov 44

The TBF Avenger "in the groove" for landing seems to be sporting an early version of the mid-war three color paint scheme, and the fuselage insignia seems to be only the circular cockade type without the bars. This combination makes me think the picture may have been taken in the Summer of 1943. There are numerous photos taken aboard BUNKER HILL at that time while she was working up her air group that depict aircraft painted in this manner.

The ship seems to be painted in what was known as Measure 21, in which all vertical surfaces were to be painted a solid Navy Blue ((5-N). That color was a relatively dark grayish blue that offered low visibility from aerial observation. My source indicates that the first six ESSEX ships were completed in this color.

All of the first six ships had been repainted in the camo patterns referred to as "dazzle" between January and May of 1944 except LEXINGTON which retained her original scheme til war's end, and was nicknamed "The Blue Ghost".

All things considered, I don't think I can support the people's choice and say the ship in the picture is INTREPID. My best guess would be that she is one of the first four commissioned. A wild, educated hunch would be BUNKER HILL---but ONLY a guess. :think:

Without additional photos from different perspectives, I think the definitive ID on this ship will be really hard to obtain. Whatever, the view is a wonderful one of a fighting ship and crew!

Regards,

Terry ("Bagman")

#17 Jack's Son

Jack's Son

    BANNED

  • Banned
    • Member ID: 8,213
  • 19,660 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Over the rainbow.

Posted 27 November 2010 - 04:22 PM

I'm impressed Bagman, you've spent some time on this!!
Good show ! :thumbsup:

#18 alarmadillo

alarmadillo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 8,528
  • 209 posts
  • Location:Georgia, USA

Posted 27 November 2010 - 05:07 PM

The TBF Avenger "in the groove" for landing seems to be sporting an early version of the mid-war three color paint scheme, and the fuselage insignia seems to be only the circular cockade type without the bars. This combination makes me think the picture may have been taken in the Summer of 1943.


Good point; the TBF does look like the early three-color, with the blue running in a band from the wings to the greenhouse to meet the blue on the upper fuselage.

I'm trying to make the three (at least three) rear-most planes. They've got straight-up folding wings, and look to me more like SB2C Helldivers than Corsairs. Seems odd there appears so few of the straight-folders; perhaps early carrier trials?

#19 Bluehawk

Bluehawk
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,976
  • 5,738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 27 November 2010 - 05:20 PM

I am stunned by this :lol:

Is there any possibility that the ship is not American?

#20 Bluehawk

Bluehawk
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,976
  • 5,738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 27 November 2010 - 05:22 PM

My dad was on the Intrepid in the early 60's there Blue.....think you may know him!!!!!! ha

I may have seen him on the deck as we made a touch 'n go at Great Lakes from Chanute Field? :lol:


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


In Memory of Co-Founder GREG MILLS ROBINSON, a.k.a. "Marine-KaBar"
(February 17, 1949 - March 5, 2011)