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  USS Missouri BB-63
Iowa Class Battleship

887'3" x 108'3" x 38'
9 x 16" batteries
12 x 5" batteries

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USN April 11, 1945
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USN Sept 2, 1945
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Ship History
Commissioned on June 11, 1944.

Wartime History
Originally commissioned with the 'Dazzel' paint scheme, designed to confuse German U-Boats targeting ships. She was later painted in overall gray scheme for operations in the Pacific.

SC-1 Seahawk Loss On First Patrol
The Missouri lost an SC-1 Seahawk float plane on her first combat patrol, after it was catapulted on February 10, 1945, the aircraft developed engine trouble and crashed into the sea. Before he could be rescued by the USS Lewis Hancock, the pilot, Lt. Everett N. Frothingham was lost.

Kamikaze Impact
On April 11, 1945 off Okinawa, a flight of sixteen enemy aircraft were spotted on radar. An A6M Zero approached from the stern and was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the starboard side of the battleship. A famous photo was taken just prior to the Zero's impact.

The plane ricocheted away, causing only minor damage, but the pilot was catapulted from the cockpit, and his body demolished part of a gun mount. The pilot's body landed on the deck and was buried by the ship the next day, with a Marine honor guard firing a salute. A dent in the hull between frames 159 and 165 still remains. Inside a display case are pieces of wreckage from this Zero, believed to be piloted by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ishino Setsuo.

Official Surrender of Japan
The ship where WWII officially ended - the instrument of surrender signed on her deck in Toyko Harbor on September 2, 1945.

Decommissioned in 1955 and returned to service. Again decommissioned in 1991. In 1996 she was towed to Pearl Harbor for permanent display moored off Ford Island.

USS Missouri as Museum
Open to visitors with paid admission thru the USS Missouri Memorial Museum. The ship forms the bookend of WWII Naval history, permanently moored at Battleship Row, to the side of the USS Arizona Memorial. Although the battleship was modernized during the 1980's the flying bridge controls are the same as those used in WWII.

Battleship Missouri Memorial - Official Website

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August 10, 2019


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