Photo #: NH 80516
USS California (BB-44)
Liberty party prepares to go ashore, 1940.
Note very large letters "CAL" painted on the whaleboat at left.
Three Curtiss SOC-3 floatplanes are visible, parked atop the turret # 3 catapult and on the after catapult. The aircraft with the dark fuselage is the "Flag Plane" of Commander, Battle Force, U.S. Fleet. Its color scheme was dark blue and silver.
Boat in the foreground is from USS Detroit (CL-8).
Courtesy of Howard F. Ailes, 1974.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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17 April 2001