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Sailors Work on a Submarine

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The National Archives caption is “Enlisted men repair and check instruments aboard a submarine just returned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. May 1945.“ A Balao or Gato Class submarine, it might possibly be the Finback (SS-230), Halibut (SS-232), Kingfish (SS-234), Silversides (SS-236) or Whale (SS-239). All of them were at Pearl Harbor sometime during May 1945. The black “23“ was not common on U.S. submarines engaged in combat during World War II. No number identification was used on submarines on war patrol. It‘s possible the photo was staged.
Image Filename wwii1030.jpg
Image Size 1.62 MB
Image Dimensions 2904 x 2862
Photographer Bristol, Horace
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed May 01, 1945
Location Submarine
City Pearl Harbor
State or Province Hawaii
Country United States
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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