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West Freemason in Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount

 
 
Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
1. Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount Marker
Inscription.  A primary antiaircraft weapon used by Allied forces during the violent air and sea battles of World War II was the Mark 2 quadruple mounted 40 millimeter gun mount, or "Quad 40." Each individual Quad 40 gun was capable of firing shells weighting two pounds for a sustained rate of 160 rounds per minute-reaching ranges exceeding five nautical miles and almost four nautical miles in altitude. Weighing 24,900 pounds per mount, battleship Wisconsin once bristled with antiaircraft guns, including twenty Quad 40 emplacements for a total of eighty individual 40 millimeter gun barrels.
U.S. Navy battleships like Wisconsin were primarily used as heavily armored refueling and antiaircraft platforms supporting the fast-carrier task groups of the Pacific Fleet during World War Two. After 1942, antiaircraft gun mounts like the Quad 40 were added in response to the ferocious Imperial Japanese air and suicidal Kamikaze attacks of the Pacific campaign. Wisconsin was originally designed to accommodate a standard ship's complement of fewer than 1,550. With the additional antiaircraft emplacements, another 1,925 sailors were required to serve the guns. As
Kamikaze being shot down by Wisconsin image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
2. Kamikaze being shot down by Wisconsin
a result, Wisconsin was quite cramped during the war with over 3,000 bluejackets living in every nook and cranny aboard ship.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 36° 50.909′ N, 76° 17.65′ W. Marker is in West Freemason in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Bousch Street near USS Wisconsin at Nauticus, foot of W Plume St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Newport News CA-148 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pentagon (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Kearsarge (CV-33) (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Belknap (CG 26) (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Iowa (BB-61) (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Cole (DDG 67) (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Scorpion (SSN-589) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Freemason.
 
The topside locations of Quad 40 and 20 Millimeter gun mounts image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
3. The topside locations of Quad 40 and 20 Millimeter gun mounts
Photograph of Quad 40 Emplacement image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
4. Photograph of Quad 40 Emplacement
Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount Marker overlooking Bay image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
5. Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount Marker overlooking Bay
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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