Air­drop

Flight Journal - - CONTENTS - Dean E. Bes­sette, Hunt­ing­ton Beach, CA

This will an­swer Randy J. Moore’s “Park­ing at Pearl” let­ter (Au­gust 2017) and Randy Becker’s “Car­rier Park­ing at Pearl” let­ter (Oc­to­ber 2017).

In my April 2017 let­ter, I iden­ti­fied air­craft car­rier USS En­ter­prise (CV-6) in her berth, top left of Ford Is­land (Air­drop, De­cem­ber 2016). Randy Becker has iden­ti­fied this as berth F-2. The En­ter­prise de­parted Novem­ber 28 to de­liver VMF-211 to Wake Is­land. Of the two car­ri­ers in Pearl prior to the at­tack, the USS

Lex­ing­ton (CV-2) was prob­a­bly in berth F-9, iden­ti­fied by Randy Becker. The Lex­ing­ton left Pearl De­cem­ber 5 with Task Force 12 for Mid­way. The

Saratoga (CV-3) had been in dry dock for ser­vic­ing. It was dock­ing in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, to em­bark her air group at the time of the at­tack. All other car­ri­ers were as­signed to the At­lantic fleet. Af­ter the at­tack, York­town (CV-5), Wasp (CV-7), and Hor­net (CV-8) were im­me­di­ately trans­ferred to the Pa­cific fleet. By the end of the war, the U.S. Navy had more than 80 car­ri­ers in the Pa­cific fleet.

Re­turn­ing to my April 2017 let­ter, I lo­cated the car­rier docked in the pic­ture of Ford Is­land. I searched the phrase “Pearl Har­bor be­fore the at­tack” on the In­ter­net. Out of hun­dreds of pic­tures, I found one taken from Ford Is­land show­ing the En­ter­prise in what is ap­par­ently berth

F-2, ahead of the bat­tle­ship Cal­i­for­nia. There was also a bat­tle­ship tied along­side the Cal­i­for­nia;

I don’t re­call the name, but it de­parted be­fore the at­tack. I re­ceived a link (paci­fi­cavi­a­tion­mu­seum.org/ pearl-har­bor-blog/ where-would-the-en­ter­prise-have-moored) from my brother, Rus­sell Moore in St. Louis, Mis­souri, that an­swers my ques­tions about where the air­craft car­ri­ers would have been docked had they been at Pearl Har­bor on De­cem­ber 7. Ap­par­ently, the dock­ing on the other side of the is­land from Bat­tle­ship Row was known as “Car­rier Row.” It would be nice to see him get credit also, as I am sure you have heard from other folks at the Pa­cific Avi­a­tion Mu­seum Pearl Har­bor. Randy Moore

Thanks to both of you. Rus­sell, the link gives re­ally im­pres­sive info, ex­cept that one of its pho­tos of Ford Is­land is up­side down.—BD

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