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NH 97959 USS Savannah (CL-42)

Photo #: NH 97959  USS Savannah (CL-42)
Title: USS Savannah (CL-42)
Description: Bomb penetration hole atop her number three 6/47 gun turret, while the ship was undergoing initial repairs off Salerno, Italy. She was hit by a German radio-controlled bomb on 11 September 1943, during the Salerno operation. Note life rafts atop the turret, one of which has been cut in two by the bomb. Also note the turret's armored faceplate. View looks forward, with number two 6/47 gun turret in the immediate background. The original photo caption, released on 2 November 1943, reads (in part): A round, clean hole marks the point of entry of a Nazi bomb on the cruiser Savannah. Inside, all was chaos, smoke, blood, and death. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Catalog #: NH 97959
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