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Hackensack in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lark Anti-aircraft Missile

 
 
Lark Anti-aircraft Missile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
1. Lark Anti-aircraft Missile Marker
Inscription.
The Lark Anti-aircraft Missile Program began in late 1944, when the U.S. Navy needed a new weapon against the ever more serious Japanese suicide-bomber (Kamikaze) threat. In January 1945, a Lark configuration had been established and requirements included ship defence against Kamikaze attack, reconnaissance aircraft and enemy aircraft launching standoff weapons.

The Lark was propelled by a Reaction Motors LR2-RM-2 two-chamber liquid-propellant rocket engine and used two solid-fueled rocket boosters for take-off. It was armed with a 45 kg (100 lb) high-explosive warhead which was detonated by a radar proximity fuse.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 52.835′ N, 74° 2.397′ W. Marker was in Hackensack, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of River Street and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the New Jersey Naval Museum on the Hackensack River. Marker was at or near this postal address: 78 River Street, Hackensack NJ 07601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Polaris A-1 Missle (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Regulus I SSM-N-8 (was here,
Lark Anti-aircraft Missile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
2. Lark Anti-aircraft Missile Marker
next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Terrier SAM-N-7 (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); USS Gudgeon (SS-211) (within shouting distance of this marker); Underwater MK16 Mine (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Talos SAM-N-6 (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Seehund (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Submariners Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hackensack.
 
Regarding Lark Anti-aircraft Missile. The USS Ling Museum has been closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage. Virtually every marker has been removed and any remaining displays, including USS Ling, are in derelict condition.
 
Also see . . .  New Jersey Naval Museum. (Submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Marker at the New Jersey Naval Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
3. Marker at the New Jersey Naval Museum
The Lark Anti-aircraft Missile is seen here on the right.
The abandoned U.S.S. Ling Museum site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 11, 2017
4. The abandoned U.S.S. Ling Museum site
The USS Ling Museum has been closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage. Virtually every marker has been removed and any remaining displays, including USS Ling, are in derelict condition.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on September 20, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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