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#1 MiloMorai

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 0458 AM

from http://ibiblio.org/h...ReportCL62.html

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#2 Rick

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 0526 AM

Always amazed on how damaging shock is when reading these. 


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#3 Chris Werb

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 1007 AM

She took A LOT of punishment in WW-2

 

https://en.wikipedia...mingham_(CL-62)


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#4 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 1013 AM

There was some similar documents on Archive.org of a British carrier that had taken bomb hits. Might be worth a trawl if anyone is interested.

 

Yeah, I was reading about the Princeton explosion earlier. Birmingham was either very lucky or very unlucky, depending on how you look at it.


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#5 Chris Werb

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 1104 AM

Birmingham was either very lucky or very unlucky, depending on how you look at it.

 

I thought the exact same thing!


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 1707 PM

What also amazes me is that Birmingham only suffered 2 KIA from the 2 bomb hits and 1 torpedo hit it received.


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#7 Ken Estes

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 0000 AM

Her crew was at general quarters when it took hits at the almost maximum extremities of the hull, putting almost nobody at immediate risk. The second bomb 'hit' was an aerial detonation over the after main battery turret, leaving superficial damage. At least that's my take from a quick reading.


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 1148 AM

It is a testament to the design as well, especially with over 1200 crew aboard. It is the sum of many encounters like these with the USN, in which the aircrew lost versus damage inflicted ratio was unfavorable, that led to drastic measures by Japan.


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#9 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 1218 PM

Im surprised she didn't have a bow collapse like the Belgrano.
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#10 Ken Estes

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 0359 AM

Had she been  Brooklyn class, it would have been very likely. 


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 1206 PM

The Mark 8 torpedo that hit Belgrano's bow apparently did not cause as much damage as the one that hit amidships. The casualty toll taken by that one was sobering.

 

CL hulls appear to have been packed with crew. Birmingham was lucky.


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#12 Ken Estes

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 1359 PM

See Battle of Kolombangara:

 

 

220px-Collapsed_bow_of_USS_Honolulu_%28CUSS Honolulu (CL-48): Collapsed bow

 

300px-USS_St._Louis_%28CL-49%29_at_TulagUSS St Louis (CL-49): Had to steam from Espiritu Santo to San Francisco backwards for repairs; out of action 13 July - Nov43.


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#13 Chris Werb

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 1411 PM

Both these cruisers took substantial damage again later in the war.


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 1604 PM

The Mark 8 torpedo that hit Belgrano's bow apparently did not cause as much damage as the one that hit amidships. The casualty toll taken by that one was sobering.

 

CL hulls appear to have been packed with crew. Birmingham was lucky.

 

Belgrano's casualty list was run up because the torpedo hit the crew dining area with 274 out of the 323 KIA dying then and there.


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