More of the Pearl Park­ing Prob­lem

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I’ve been fol­low­ing the “Park­ing at Pearl” cor­re­spon­dence since its in­cep­tion and am of­fer­ing one ad­di­tional pic­ture to an­swer the ques­tion: “If the Pa­cific Fleet air­craft car­ri­ers had been at Pearl Har­bor on De­cem­ber 7, 1941, where would they have been moored?”

Randy Becker be­lieves that the car­ri­ers would have been at Berths F2 and F9. The most plau­si­ble an­swer is that USS En­ter­prise would have been at Berth F2 at the bot­tom of “Bat­tle­ship Row.” The photo dated Oc­to­ber 30, 1941, clearly shows

En­ter­prise in that berth, as does Randy’s anal­y­sis and other pictures in the De­cem­ber is­sue.

I did some re­search on the In­ter­net and down­loaded the at­tached photo of Ford Is­land that was taken on Jan­uary 7, 1941, 11 months be­fore the at­tack. Note that USS Lex­ing­ton class car­rier that is moored at Berth F9. The ship would have to be Lex­ing­ton since her sis­ter, USS Saratoga (CV-3), was un­der­go­ing a mod­ern­iza­tion at the Bre­mer­ton Navy Yard from Jan­uary 6 through Au­gust 15, 1941.

I be­lieve that on De­cem­ber 7, 1941, En­ter­prise would have been moored to F2 and Lex­ing­ton would have been moored to F9. This is based on Randy’s anal­y­sis and the photo ev­i­dence that the ships oc­cu­pied these berths from time to time in 1941. Thank God and the Navy that they were at sea on De­cem­ber 7.

I am an avid reader of FlightJour­nal and com­ple­ment all of those who took part in this his­tor­i­cal re­search.

Joseph W. Rachin­sky, West Ch­ester, Penn­syl­va­nia

We ab­so­lutely love it when read­ers’ re­search gives so much to the Flight Jour­nal au­di­ence.—BD

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