HISTORY

decision needs to be made whether or not

the USS Arizona retained her original camouflage scheme after being in dry dock,

or to embark down the road of the above

noted speculation…

Aircraft on the Deck of the USS Arizona

Besides the fighter aircraft types launched from fixed ramps on top of the ship’s

turrets mentioned in the first part of this

article, the USS Arizona utilized practically every type of observation and reconnaissance aircraft in use with the US Navy.

These progressively included the Vought

VE-7H, UO-1, FU-1 and O2U Corsair. Prior

to modernization, the somewhat bizarre

looking Loening OL could also sporadically be spotted. After modernization, the

USS Arizona could carry three Vought

O3U Corsairs, which were replaced by

a same number of SOC Seagulls starting in 1935. These fell under Observation

Squadron 1 (VO-1), attached to Battleship

Division 1. The SOC Seagull remained with

the Arizona until 1940, when the ship returned to Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard for

repairs in Bremerton on the west coast of

the United States. On her return to Pearl

Harbor at the beginning of 1941, she took

delivery of three Vought OS2U-1 Kingfishers, allocated to VO-1. At the time of the

attack on Pearl, she carried the dash 3

variant of the plane.

Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane, of Observation Squadron One (VO-1) On a seaplane mat

towed by USS Arizona (BB-39), while being recovered after a flight in the Hawaiian Operating area on the morning of 6 September 1941. The plane flown by Ensign Lawrence A.

Williams. Rear-seat man was Radioman 3rd Class G.H. Lane, who is preparing to hook up

the aircraft to the ship‘s crane for recovery. Note the plane‘s side number 1-O-3, with the

ship‘s name below it (photo: National Archives).

For modelers wishing to build the USS

Arizona as she would have appeared on

December 7, 1941, it may be a disappo- fact must be accepted, or be satisfied

intment to learn that no Kingfishers were with a model of the Arizona from ‘early

carried during the Japanese attack. This December, 1941’, since the aircraft were

Salvage

land based after the Arizona’s last return

to Pearl Harbor.

(Vladimír Šulc)

After the fatal explosion of the ammunition

magazines

Arizona

kept burning for hours

until late night. The fires were extinguished

as late as December 9.

The preparations for

salvaging the ship began on December 14.

In this photograph we

can see the wreck’s

condition after the fires were extinguished

and salvage operation

started (photo: National Archives).

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INFO Eduard

April 2022