USS DOWNES (DD-375)



Moored ahead of Pennsylvania and to starboard of Cassin in Drydock #1, Downes received serious punishment. At approximately 0850 a flight of Vals targeted Drydock #1, as well as Nevada moving down the channel. Receiving three 250KG bombs, Downes was severely damaged and became an inferno. When Drydock #1 was flooded in an attempt to extinguish oil fires, Cassin rolled over onto her. Virtually destroyed, Downes had her main propulsive machinery and vital equipment salvaged. Installed in a new hull, the revitalized Downes rejoined the fleet in November, 1943.

SHIPS DATA

Name: Downes

Hull Number: DD-375

Displacement: 1,500 tons

Dimensions:

342' Length Overall
334' Waterline Length
35' Maximum Beam
9' 8" Maximum Draft

Armament:

4x5" .38 Cal (single mounting)
12x21" Torpedo Tubes (quadruple mounting)

PHOTO GALLERY

View of bow, with rolled Cassin
Starboard-bow view of damage
Pre-war starboard view
Pre-war aerial view of high-speed run

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