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I stand corrected
I goofed in too quick of a look at the silhouette of the cruiser that the profile didn't look like a Cleveland class cruiser on a quick look.
But, it doesn't change much about ID'ing the SUMNER class DD. During the December 1944 - January 1945 period, there were at least two SUMNER Class DesRon units in support of USS NEW JERSEY and TF 38. If the photographing ship and a good date were known, then it maybe possible to ID the destroyer based on movements of USS NEW JERSEY and her escorts on that day.
Cruiser in right background is a Cleveland class CL. Clearly has 4 turrets. Baltimore CAs had 3.
Alaska in the photo. That cruiser to the right of the photo looks like a CL or maybe a Baltimore. The silhouette just seems too small for Alaska or Guam
Has to be a SUMNER class. Being a backlit photo, you can't see details or hull number, it is impossible to determine which unit this is.
The date has to be after 6 February 1945, when USS ALASKA (seen in the background) arrived for duty with TF 58. Three SUMNER class destroyer equipped DesRon's, 60, 61, and 62, were assigned to TF 58 at that time.
The caption states BB-62, December 1944 - Jan 1945. It looks like a Gearing or Allen M. Sumner class. I am building a 1/700 New Jersey by converting a Tamiya Iowa kit and would like to use this as my diorama.
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