iksanov (iksanov) wrote,
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Билли Митчелл был бы доволен

После войны у США образовалась такая ахрененная куча военных кораблей, что от самых пожилых и ненужных из них стали избавляться ускоренными темпами. Летом 1946-го Флот щедрой рукой отправил первую партию жертвенников на Бикини, а еще через год были расстреляны сразу два сверхдредноута, переживших ядерный Холокост - "Нью-Йорк" и "Невада".




Вот, что писал об этом в октябре 1948 г. бюллетень Naval Aviation News:

"The ex-BB's New York and Nevada, having survived the tests at Bikini, were towed from Pearl Harbor to a spot south of Oahu, and there were subjected to an unmerciful pounding by fleet air and surface units. Planes led by the commanding officer of Fleet All Weather Training Unit Pacific (FAWTUPAC), Captain Paul H. Ramsey, USN, were in on both kills. On 7 July 1948 the New York was the first to feel the sting of the fighters and attack aircraft. Twenty-six planes, consisting of two F7F-4Ns, six F8F-1Ns, twelve F6F-5Ns, and six TBM-3Ns dropped a total of 48 500-pound bombs, 40 100-pound bombs, 98 5-inch HVARs and expended 4,100 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition. Twenty-one direct hits were scored with the 500-pound bombs, 20 direct hits were scored with the 100-pound bombs, and 56 direct hits were scored with the 5-inch HVARs. While surface units stood by and submarines waited to close in for the kill, the tired old battlewagon rolled over and sank as the last participating FAWTUPAC planes recovered from their bombing attacks."

Несмотря на обилие прямых бомбовых попаданий, нет сомнений в том, что гибель старых кораблей настала от торпед, и последние рыбки вонзались уже в их перевернувшиеся корпуса.

BB-34 New-York









BB-36 Nevada









Tags: bb-34 new-york, bb-36 nevada
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