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Re: 75 years ago: USN attacks IJN in Kure
CV-20 still had the (well-worn) patterned camo when the flight deck collapsed as seen here: http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/022071.jpg
But by late July, she looked like this: http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/022012.jpg
Note the short deck forward.
75 years ago, on the 24th of July 1945, the Task Force 38 attacked Kure. Apparently 17 carriers (CV, CVL) were used, in addition four British carriers of TF37 attacked shipping in the Inland Sea.
The IJN had concentrated most of the fleet in Kure - and was immobilized by the lack of oil. Most of the larger Japanese ships were sunk or heavily damaged - in an attack, which is described also as a revenge for Pearl Harbor.
Nick built one of the carriers, USS Bennington:
USS Bennington (1/700)
Nick thinks that the camouflage pattern of Bennington in July was likely different from the model, because she was probably re-painted during repair of the damage caused by a typhoon in June.
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