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Photographer: Richard E. Miller
Taken: July 16, 2013
Caption: "Enemy Hit on Iowa: Turret No. 2 - March 1944"
Additional Description: While IOWA was bombarding Mili Atoll supporting the Marxhall Islands campaign, IOWA received her first hits in combat when she was struck by two Japanese projectiles from a shore battery. Neither hit caused any real damage, and the enemy gun emplacement were quickly silenced by IOWA's secondary 5-inch mounts.
"A 6 inch projectile hit the lower forward port side of the 16 inch main gun Turret 2 and bounced off of IOWA's 10 inches of Class A armor. The slight impact "hand-print" can still be seen.
Then a 5-inch projectile punched a 30" x 60" inch hole in IOWA's port hull shell plating at frame 134, but failed to penetrate her recessed armor belt of 12.1 inches."
Submitted: July 28, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Database Locator Identification Number: p248643
File Size: 1.830 Megabytes
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