Moored outboard Tennessee, West Virginia was exposed to a withering port-side torpedo attack, suffering at least nine torpedo impacts; two of which may have detonated deep inside her hull via holes created by earlier torpedo explosions. In addition, she was stricken by two dud 800-kg bombs. One pierced turret three, and the second passed through the foretop and landed on the second deck. She was saved from capsizing only by prompt counter-flooding by her crew. The most severely damaged battleship to be raised and repaired, she rejoined the
NAME: West Virginia
HULL NUMBER: BB-48
Waterline Length: 600'
Length Overall: 624'
Maximum Beam: 108'
Maximum Draft: 33'
10x5"/51cal Mk. 15 (single mountings)
8x5"/25cal Mk. 11 (single mountings)
WEST VIRGINIA POST-RAISING
WEST VIRGINIA, 1944
VERY LARGE, HIGH RESOLUTION FILES BY THE HAWAII WAR
RECORDS DEPOSITORY, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, AT MANOA.