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Re: Odd thing in a photograph...
I have to continue checking sources as well, but San Shiki shells were available in 8" caliber at that time. However I have seen quite a number of pictures of damaged ships with steeply elevated guns in destroyed turrets, so it may be simply something that goes with the territory and has nothing to do with AA action. Will keep checking on this.
Agree with Paul about the torpedo explosion.
would need to re-check my sources, but I believe that the torpedo tubes were turned outboard in an an attempt to jettison the torpedoes because of a serious fire nearby. I donít know if they succeeded in doing that. Several torpedoes did explode, but those may have been reloads.
MOGAMI did successfully jettison her torpedoes at the direction of her damage control officer, and that act was considered instrumental in saving the ship.
Did you ever see a really familiar photo and notice something for the first time? I did last night, looking at the time-worn, aerial port astern photo of the smoking hulk of Mikuma at the battle of Midway. In it, her port TT are splayed outward, which I can rationalize was the result of a large interior blast. But her two aft main battery turrets are sharply rotated toward the port bow, with barrels elevated. At least one of the forward turrets seems to be oriented similarly. Now as far as I know Mikuma was never within visual range of US surface units... so what was going on? Did the IJN have 8" Shin-seki AA shells, and if so that early in the war? Theories, anyone?