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Re: Questions for Tracy White
Hi Wade - post-war Essex fits aren't really my thing. Bob Ketenheim of the Shangri-La association may be a better bet. That said...
To that end, was there any preliminary work done on Shangri La in anticipation of her long conversion period, during the activation process if the year before? I am most concerned with the two bow 40mm mounts (and directors), which, I understand we very wet forward. I know some Essex Class straight decks had them removed a little later in time. I, of course, am also interested in any other additions or removals done during the activation process.
Photos I stumbled across in monthly progress reports from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard show the forward gun tubs were present when they started her SCB-27C / SCB-125. The only noticeable change in this area I can think of (but I'm probably missing a lot) were some additional supports at the deck edge up to the flight deck, visible in this photo
on < HREF="http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/38.htm">her Navsource page.
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