Photo #: NH 98826
USS Houston (CL-81)
Japanese aerial torpedo hits the ship's starboard quarter, during the afternoon of 16 October 1944. This view shows burning fuel at the base of the torpedo explosion's water column.
Houston had been torpedoed amidships on 14 October, while off Formosa, and was under tow by USS Pawnee (ATF-74) when enemy torpedo planes hit her again.
USS Canberra (CA-70), also torpedoed off Formosa, is under tow in the distance.
The original photograph is in the USS Santa Fe (CL-60) "Log", a very large photo album held by the Navy Department Library.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
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10 September 2003