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: Hi Art,
: I have researched this very subject quite a
: bit over the years for all the BB's at
: Pearl. I can help you with all the BB's.
: As far as West Virginia goes, she was
: damaged early and often during the attack so
: it's difficult to determine how many rafts
: she had and their locations prior to the
: attack. What i have discovered is that it
: appears that most if not all of the rafts
: that I have been able to locate on her were
: on her #2 and #3 turret sides. I can find
: no evidence of any rafts on her #1 or #4
: turret tops or sides.
: If you have the book "The Way It
: Was" by Goldstein, Dillon and Wenger,
: go to page 78 and look at pic 6-52. You can
: see rafts on the port side of turret #2.
: There was at least two 40 man oval rafts
: side by side. Not sure if there were 25 man
: rafts inside those 40 man rafts.
: Turret #3 also had the same configuration.
: Both sides of the turret was loaded with
: rafts. The port side rafts were burned off
: from the spilling aviation fuel from the
: damaged Kingfisher. You can see the remains
: of those rafts in many of the attack photos.
: Here are a couple of pics:
: First, notice the raft on the barbette under
: turret #3 and the ghosts of the rafts on the
: sides of the turret.
: Next, notice the rafts on the starboard side
: of turret #3:
: Hope this helps!
: --Previous Message--
: Anyone have good information or photos of
: rafts on the battleships prior to the
: attack? I'm currently working on the West
: Virginia, but any info on any of the others
: would be appreciated!
: Many thanks and happy modeling!
: Art Rohloff
: West Chicago, IL