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19 Apr 1989
  • USS Iowa suffered an accidental turret explosion at 0955 hours, killing 47. It was the US Navy's worst loss of life during peace time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Apr 1989
Smoke rising from the No. 2 turret of USS Iowa after accidental explosion, 19 Apr 1989Pieces flying out the No. 2 turret of USS Iowa during the accidental explosion, 19 Apr 1989

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