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USS Iowa delivering President Franklin Roosevelt to Africa for transit on to the Tehran Conference, Mers El Kébir, Oran, Algeria, 20 Nov 1943. Note French cruiser Jeanne d’Arc just beyond Iowa. See Note below.

Caption   USS Iowa delivering President Franklin Roosevelt to Africa for transit on to the Tehran Conference, Mers El Kébir, Oran, Algeria, 20 Nov 1943. Note French cruiser Jeanne d’Arc just beyond Iowa. See Note below. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy via USS Iowa Museum
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Tehran Conference   Main article  Photos  
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Jeanne d'Arc   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 20 Nov 1943
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jan 2019

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Licensing  Public Domain. Image provided by the USS Iowa Museum

Additionally, according to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".



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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Jun 2018 10:23:46 PM

Special thanks to David Way of the Battleship Iowa Museum in Long Beach, California for submitting this photo. It is a very interesting photo all by itself but it has a backstory that is just as interesting. This photo was censored for years, along with all the other photos that showed evidence of Franklin Roosevelt’s disability. This photo was chosen for censorship because it shows the two temporary elevators installed off Iowa’s Captain’s Cabin, where President Roosevelt stayed, so the president could move between decks. These elevators were added just for FDR’s ocean transit to and from Africa for the Tehran Conference and removed once he returned. The elevators are enclosed in canvas and they look like two little skyscrapers on the side of the superstructure abreast the main mast. Note that the ships is just sliding into her anchoring berth and they are already lowering one of the whaleboats. A short time after this photo was taken, FDR was taken ashore in a whaleboat from the other side of the ship. Nothing is known about the aircraft from which this photo was taken.

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WW2-Era Place Name Mers El Kébir, Oran, Algeria
Lat/Long 35.7193, -0.6791
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