Car­rier Park­ing at Pearl

Flight Journal - - AIRDROP - Randy Becker

Re the mag­a­zine’s and Randy Moore’s com­ments re­gard­ing park­ing at Pearl Har­bor (Air­drop, Au­gust 2017), I have the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion to add. At the Na­tional Mu­seum of the Pa­cific in Fred­er­icks­burg, Texas, I pur­chased what the pub­lish­ers state is “The Most Ac­cu­rate Map of Pearl Har­bor on De­cem­ber 7, 1941.” What I pur­chased is a poster­size map of Pearl Har­bor, show­ing all the ships and their berthing lo­ca­tions on the day of the at­tack as well as the re­sults of the at­tack as to which ships

were sunk, se­verely dam­aged, mod­er­ately dam­aged, or un­dam­aged.

I could not find a ref­er­ence on the map to Pier 5. The map, how­ever, shows ships berthed at lo­ca­tions re­ferred to as F-3 (USS Cal­i­for­nia), F-7 (USS Ari­zona and USS Vestal), and F-11 (USS Utah). On the map, the berthing num­ber­ing sys­tem around Ford Is­land be­gins with F-2 and goes to F-13. F-2 and F-9 were open on the day of the at­tack. Since the two air­craft car­ri­ers were at sea and due to re­turn, it would seem log­i­cal to me that two berthing lo­ca­tions would be open close to Ford Is­land.

Berthing lo­ca­tion F-2 was in front of the USS Cal­i­for­nia and right out­side of NAS Ford Is­land Head­quar­ters on the same side of the is­land as Bat­tle­ship Row. F-9 was on the other side of the is­land ad­ja­cent to the hangars (“Ser­vice Area”) for car­rier air­craft. On the map, F-9 shows a small pier that would be lo­cated amid­ships of any air­craft car­rier tied there. I be­lieve this small pier is where the air­craft car­rier would be loaded and un­loaded with the ship’s air­craft. There­fore, I be­lieve with F-2 open and F-9 with a small pier, these are the lo­ca­tions the air­craft car­ri­ers would have been be tied to on De­cem­ber 7, 1941, if they would have been in port on that day.

The pub­lish­ers ac­knowl­edge and grate­fully thank nu­mer­ous sources and per­sons in­clud­ing the Ari­zona Me­mo­rial’s Na­tional Park Ser­vice his­to­rian Daniel Mar­tinez, The Pearl Har­bor His­tory As­so­ciates, Inc., and many oth­ers. The map (#OSB-11494-PET) is pub­lished by OSB Map­ma­nia Pub­lish­ing Co., 1503 E. Town & Coun­try Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Su­per info, Randy. If any­one has any more Pearl park­ing in­for­ma­tion, let us know.—BD

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