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USS Hancock underway in the Philippine Sea, 15 Dec 1944

Caption   USS Hancock underway in the Philippine Sea, 15 Dec 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command
Identification Code   NH 89281
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Hancock   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 15 Dec 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 1 Sep 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
29 May 2010 10:53:18 AM

This photo offers the best look at an Essex-class design modification unique to Hancock and her sister-ship, Ticonderoga. A “notch” was cut in the edge of the flight deck port-side forward to accommodate a Mark 37 gun director that was to have been mounted on the former hangar-deck catapult sponson. Only Ticonderoga and Hancock actually had the cut and only Hancock made it into the Pacific with the cut still in tact. They were eliminated on both ships as they were considered to be a hazard to aircraft taking off.

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