USS CURTISS (AV-4)



Just after 0830, Curtiss signaled to Monaghan "Submarine sighted to starboard". Opening fire at 0840, Curtiss scored a direct hit on the midget submarine's conning tower. The midget loosed a torpedo at Curtiss that missed, and Monaghan rushed in to attack the sub, eventually ramming and depth-charging the midget which quickly sank. Although escaping torpedo damage, Curtiss eventually received her share of ordnance. Scoring AA hits on a Val, Curtiss was impacted on her starboard seaplane crane by the crashing bomber. In addition, she suffered several near misses and one direct hit on the starboard side of her boat deck that penetrated three decks, detonating on the main deck and causing serious damage. She was repaired at Pearl Harbor's Navy Yard between December 19 and May 28, and was restored to service.

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SHIP'S DATA

NAME: Curtiss

HULL NUMBER: AV-6

DIMENSIONS:

Displacement: 8,625 tons (standard), 11,500 tons (full load)
Waterline Length: 508'
Length Overall: 527' 4"
Maximum Beam: 69' 3"
Mean Draft: 27' 5"
Maximum Draft: 22'

MACHINERY:

Parsons geared turbines, 12,000 S.H.P.
4 Babcock & Wilcox Express boilers
Maximum Speed: 19.9 knots

ARMAMENT:

10x14"/50cal (2 turrets/triple mounting; 2 turrets/double mounting)
10x5"/51cal Mk. 15 (single mountings)
8x5"/25cal Mk. 11 (single mountings)


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PHOTO GALLERY

Personal Account From Survivor
Burning during attack
Damage from Val impact


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