After reading this story, those that have been at war will say, "this is how it was". He walked aft to this area and encountered flames coming from the starboard passageway between the uptakes and staterooms. Fragment damage to the third deck in way of the hit is also visible. 4. HEWES and RUTLEDGE performed very much as would be expected on the basis of the characteristics presented in paragraph 28. Sump tanks were flushed out, cleaned and inspected and refilled with clean oil. After he graduated with a B.A. The book follows the participation of the men of the attack transport USS Belinda (APA-15) and her 32 landing boats in several Pacific War battles beginning with the assault on Japanese-held Makin Atoll in November 1943 and ending when the ship nearly sinks after getting hit by three kamikaze aircraft on April 6, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa. Certainly, her chances of survival would have been much improved. One day, inexperienced Ensign Twitchell identifies approaching planes as Japanese, and Quigley must quickly save the planes, which are actually American, from friendly fire. The system followed in restoring these motors and generators was to remove them to the topside where they were boiled for 24 hours with a complete change of water every eight hours, and were then baked in portable ammunition lockers, which had been converted into bake ovens, until clear readings were obtained with a megger. Mission of the Shark (1991) -- dropped off key parts for the atomic bomb, then sunk June 1945 and attacked by sharks. Director Joseph Pevney hired at least twenty-five Marines to act as extras in the film. The ability of ELECTRA to survive a hit amidships, followed by such extensive flooding, speaks well for the C2 type of hull, but it must be remembered that her survival was, to a great extent, due to the energetic efforts of the escorting ships. Keith Andes, the tall, raw-boned actor who had a notable career in film, television and stage, died on November 11 at his home in Canyon Country, California. SCOTT and BLISS present a somewhat different picture. Unlike standard troopships – often drafted from the merchant fleet – that rely on either a quay or tenders, attack transports carry their own fleet of landing craft, such as the landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat. As they set sail, Hawks gruffly informs Dave that, although he recognizes the sacrifices Dave has made, he wants him to forget the past and accept Hawks as the ultimate authority. USS Sanborn APA-193 (1944-1960) The USS Sanborn was a Haskell class attack transport that carried up to 1,500 combat troops and their equipment including landing craft, patrol boats, and small submarines. The refrigeration spaces probably flooded all the way across in a short time and nearly all of the final list thus is attributable to the flooding of wing tanks. 1 deep tank from above. The reported setting of a fire by the first hit on SCOTT and extinguishing of this fire by the second hit is difficult to explain, particularly in view of the immediate and extensive fire on BLISS. This is the intimate and heroic story of the attack transport Belinda. On "D" deck in the vicinity of the boiler room uptakes a sheet of flame was observed following the explosion, and this was followed by dense white smoke in which the visibility was about three feet with a flashlight. It is possible that some list would have resulted anyway because of the division of the refrigeration spaces previously mentioned and because of loss of initial stability. 10. The first torpedo caused heavy black smoke to pour out of the stack, and steam was observed escaping from the engine room hatch. Neither could the fire on BLISS be fought without power. She is a World War II Victory Class Attack Transport who main battery, as the Captain said, are her boats (we carried 26). 54, USS Capella AK13 & USS Alhena AKA9 War Damage Report No. Timbers and cargo in the holds were thrown about, and a man in No. He is survived by two sons, Mark, Matt; and three grandchildren. When the explosion occurred, all circuit breakers for pumps in operation were blown open and lubricating oil and fresh water pressures were lost, which caused the main engines to be stopped. Andes made his last notable screen appearance in the Al Pacino vehicle And Justice For All (1979), before falling into semi-retirement and doing occassional voice work. After one month of production in the Caribbean, the company returned to California to shoot the remaining scenes at the San Diego Naval Base and the Universal lot. 3 hold more slowly. Fireroom and engine room personnel secured auxiliary machinery and took measures to reduce steam pressure when it became apparent that nothing could be done, and the order was given to abandon ship. Investigation showed that all panel boxes secured to bulkhead 80 on the starboard side were out of commission. While the men struggle to fix the hole, the ship begins to list, but they miraculously finish the patch before the ship sinks. The ship immediately took a decided list to starboard and began to sink rapidly by the stern. But, it would most probably have been a great deal less than that actually observed. This door should be kept closed and dogged at all times except when actually in use. The story of USS ‘Belinda’, Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. TASKER H. BLISS (AP22) An officer stationed on the port side of the stack reported that it was "like a volcano" right after the hit. The second explosion shook the ship more severely than the first, and debris of all kinds was thrown in the air higher than the mainmast. The explosion blew a hole in the starboard side about 43 feet long by 19 feet high, indicated on plate V. Fragment attack on bulkheads 80 and 113 and on the port shell between these bulkheads was severe. Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945 APA -- Attack Transports All Rights Reserved. Despite personal friction, the two have plenty to deal with as the only experienced officers on board during the "shakedown." 17. The ship continued to burn and is reported to have sunk at 0230, 13 November, 1942. Gasoline from the cargo trailed out on the water and the fumes were strong. The story of USS 'Belinda', Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. 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