1 January 1943 to 31 March 1944
Sailed about 50,000 Miles as of 31 March 1944 and about 423,000 total miles.
1943 to 31 March 1944 continued as 1942 with 5 convoy escorts across the Atlantic.
Upgrades also continued with more extensive and significant changes to guns and electronics.
|Casablanca: January - February
(upgrades February - March)
Casablanca: May (upgrades June - August)
Gibraltar: August - September (upgrades September - October)
Belfast: October - November
Scotland: December 1943 - January 1944
(upgrades January - February 1944)
1 April 1944. - Leaves for Scotland
|Navigation Office, Signal
(September 1927 location for CinC US Navy).
*** Bunks: The area also doubled as quarters for enlisted with bunk against the bulkhead (wall) forward and to the right.
*** Airplane photo process table - foreground-left. Reconnaissance photographs taken by the ship's airplanes were processed here. In the back area of the space was a desk where cameras were worked on
*** Coke syrup bottle: At the left edge of the photo
|The 16 April 1944 arrival in "Tail-O-The-Bank", near Greenock, Scotland was her last Atlantic convoy escort. BB35 operations shifted to final preparation for her second WWII combat, the invasion of Normandy, in northern France, on 6 June 1944.|
|1st or 4 Upgrades|
|23 February to 15 March 1943 - Norfolk Navy Yard|
|Paint Scheme: 3rd of 5|
System - Measure 12
Applied March or April- May 1942, Norfolk Navy Yard.
To: Graded System - Measure 22
Next change: 14 September - 14 October 1944, New York Navy Yard.
|Radar: 3rd of 4 types installed|
First of two SG -1
By Raython with the curved shaped antenna located below
fire control tower on the foremast. The radar operates using microwaves, which
was a British development. The antenna was later relocated atop the
foremast when the SC-1 was removed.
Still aboard (installed August 1942) with the antenna at the top of the foremast. SC-1 removed in January-February 1944.
Both photos are after 15 March 1943 and before 1 June because no 40mm guns are aboard (installed 1-30 June, Boston Navy Yard
|2nd of 4 Upgrades|
|1 to 30 June, Boston Navy Yard|
92 of 94 Anti-Aircraft guns now aboard:
|.||Total||Superstructure||Main Deck||Main Mast||Sig Bridge||Turret
|3inch||10||8 to 6||2 to 4|
|20mm||40 to 42||2 to 0||24||6 to 2||6||6||4||2 to 0||2 to 0|
|1.1inch||32 to 0||0||0||0|
|3rd of 4 Upgrades|
|Summer-Fall, New York Navy Yard|
|*** SK radar being the fourth
and final operational type with the antenna located on the mainmast
*** A second SG radar, with the antenna located on the mainmast below the SK antenna
*** 1mc-2mc: A public address system made by RCA installed
|4th of 4 Upgrades|
|23 January to 25 February 1944- Boston Navy Yard|
|CIC Equipment upgraded (no specifics - BB35
14inch Shell hoists Modified to accommodate new ammunition (probably the Mark 19 High Capacity and the Mark 20 Armor Piercing)
Radar: Removal SC-1 and relocation of the foremast SG-1 antenna atop the foremast.
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