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
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
land based after the Arizona’s last return
to Pearl Harbor.
After the fatal explosion of the ammunition
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).